Form follows function? Interorganizational networks as a strategic imperative for global strategies

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  • Arvind Parkhe

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    1. Temple University, Fox School of Business, Department of Strategic Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    • Temple University, Fox School of Business, Department of Strategic Management, 561 Alter Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19122, U.S.A.
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Abstract

P&G's global networks are the platform for the activities that, together, constitute the connect-and-develop strategy. (Huston and Sakkab, 2006: 62).

The main goal of any global strategy must be to manage the large differences that arise at borders, whether those borders are defined geographically or otherwise . . . Not all integration that is required to add value across borders needs to occur within a single organization. IBM and other firms illustrate that some externalization is a key part of most ambitious global strategies. (Ghemawat, 2007: 67).

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