Legitimacy: An analysis of three Hungarian-West European collaborations
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Legitimacy: An analysis of three Hungarian-West European collaborations

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DRAWING ON A LONGITUDINAL comparative analysis of three Hungarian-Western European partnerships, it is argued that insight into the different assumptions foreigners o~en bring to their cooperative arrangements can be gained by framing such contacts as clashes in systems of legitimacy. Focusing on which partners' actions are viewed as desirable or appropriate in their respective social settings helps to illuminate the role of social support in maintaining behavior, as well as the ways assumptions are sustained and changed. These ideas are illustrated by differences between the Hungarian managers and their Western European partners in their approaches to managing authorities, and by an analysis of how Hungarian managers and government officials have maintained their familiar modes of operating despite the change from communism to capitalism.

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