Publication Date

April 2016

Advisor(s)

William Johnston

Major

College of Social Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis is a historical narrative tracing how the Samsung Group evolved from a highly centralized organization to a highly decentralized organization under the management of Lee Kun-Hee. Lee utilizes the centralized conglomerate created by his father, the founding chairman, to create a spontaneous order within the conglomerate. Within given constrains of Lee’s overarching vision of the firm, the spontaneous order within the conglomerate gave the executives of each affiliate great autonomy to pursue their own independent initiatives, allowing Samsung to tap into the specialized knowledge of the executives.

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