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Multinational corporations, totalitarian regimes and economic nationalism: United Fruit Company in Central America, 1899–1975
The US multinational United Fruit Company has been considered the quintessential representative of American imperialism in Central America. Not only did the company enjoy enormous privileges in thatExpand
Bananas and Business: The United Fruit Company in Colombia, 1899-2000
For well over a century, the United Fruit Company (UFCO) has been the most vilified multinational corporation operating in Latin America. Criticism of the UFCO has been widespread, ranging fromExpand
Collectively Designing CSR Through Meta-Organizations: A Case Study of the Oil and Gas Industry
Few industries have been pressured to develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards and policies like oil and gas. This has translated into the creation of non-governmental organizationsExpand
Chandler's Living History: The Visible Hand of Vertical Integration in Nineteenth Century America Viewed Under a Twenty-First Century Transaction Costs Economics Lens
Alfred Chandler's recent passing is cause to review and celebrate his many contributions to business history. It also presents an opportunity to highlight links between his rich historical analysesExpand
Reputation and Political Legitimacy: ITT in Chile, 1927–1972
The literature on multinational corporations argues that a foreign firm can legitimize its activities, improve its reputation in a host country, and reduce the risk of hostile actions by the hostExpand
The Future of the Past in Management and Organization Studies
This paper examines the opportunities and challenges presented by the incorporation of history into research on organizations. We argue that the value of history lies in its ability to provide uniqueExpand
Enforcing Business Contracts in South America: The United Fruit Company and Colombian Banana Planters in the Twentieth Century
In the first half of the twentieth century, the United Fruit Company, based in Boston, Massachusetts, created an impressive network that produced bananas in Colombia for distribution to the U.S.Expand
Political Survival, Energy Policies, and Multinational Corporations
We draw on the selectorate theory and detailed historical research to explain how a government relationship with foreign multinationals will depend on the strategies followed by the host country’sExpand