The Free-Standing Company: a “zombie” theory of international business history?

  title={The Free-Standing Company: a “zombie” theory of international business history?},
  author={Simon Mollan},
  journal={Journal of Management History},
  • Simon Mollan
  • Published 17 April 2018
  • Business
  • Journal of Management History
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to decompose the historical and conceptual basis of the Free-Standing Company (FSC) in international business history. This is used to critique the FSC concept. The paper then provides a new framework to explain the lifecycle of these firms in a theoretically sensitive way. Design/methodology/approach The paper is conceptual. The argument is developed through a critical reading of the existing literature. Findings… 
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