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Pattern in Corporate Evolution$
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Neil M. Kay

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242115.001.0001

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This concluding chapter considers the possible relationships between the perspective developed in the study and systems theory and evolutionary theory. It also explores the possibilities for future research. Mapping of linkages could be particularly useful in the analysis of corporate strategies in particular sectors for comparative strategies. For example, mapping the corporate strategies for major players in the post-war aero-engine business (United Technologies, General Electric, and Rolls Royce) would reveal striking scale and linkage differences between these rivals; mapping these differences might help to add perspective to the potential interplay between corporate strategy and the aero-engine business strategy in the respective firms.

Keywords:   systems theory, evolutionary theory, future research, mapping, linkages, corporate strategies, United Technologies, General Electric, Rolls Royce

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