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Alan M. Rugman and Joseph R. D'Cruz

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258185

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258185.001.0001

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The French Telecommunications Network

The French Telecommunications Network

(p.118) 8 The French Telecommunications Network
Multinationals as Flagship Firms

Alan M. Rugman

Joseph R. D’cruz

Oxford University Press

After identifying the implications of D’Cruz’s and Rugman’s five partners model using the Canadian telecommunications industry, the same sector is examined in France. Similarly, the authors intend to discover the kind of relationship and the effective mechanisms of France telecom with its providers, clients, competitors, and non-business infrastructures. Data from France are compared with the gathered information in Alcatel telecom with the aim of classifying the strategic management actions of the firms involved, and to determine regional, local, and international strategies with the objective of achieving competitiveness in the telecommunications sector. Findings show that France telecom promotes cooperative activities and mutual distribution of resources with partner institutions, while Alcatel upholds the more conventional notion of multiple clustering and autonomous management of multinational establishments.

Keywords:   five partners, France telecom, Alcatel, business networks, strategic management

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