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Unravelling complex organisational structures among mobile operators

Unravelling complex organisational structures among mobile operators Purpose – The purpose is to map the corporate structure of Vodafone Group. Through this, the paper will demonstrate the complexity of the company and argue for improved data availability to facilitate a better understanding of the mobile industry. Design/methodology/approach – The paper begins by briefly recounting some relevant literature before detailing the data sources used in the analysis of Vodafone Group. A structure of Vodafone Group, highlighting the use of holding companies, is then presented, after which a series of national case studies are detailed. The case studies are used to shed light on a series of topics that are subsequently discussed. Findings – The paper highlights the organisational complexity of Vodafone Group. There are many more companies within the Vodafone Group than expected. These companies are held through a series of holding companies, some of which are located in tax havens. Research limitations/implications – Assembling the data highlighted how little information is readily available in the public domain regarding the structure of telecommunications companies. Practical implications – There is a need for more data regarding the structure of mobile operators to be available in the public domain, so that a better appraisal of their actions by investors, regulators and governments can be made. Social implications – Understanding the structure of mobile operators should enable them to be better regulated and appropriately taxed. Originality/value – No other paper has examined in detail the organisational structure of Vodafone Group. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png info Emerald Publishing

Unravelling complex organisational structures among mobile operators

info , Volume 15 (4): 20 – Jun 21, 2013

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1463-6697
DOI
10.1108/info-07-2012-0032
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose is to map the corporate structure of Vodafone Group. Through this, the paper will demonstrate the complexity of the company and argue for improved data availability to facilitate a better understanding of the mobile industry. Design/methodology/approach – The paper begins by briefly recounting some relevant literature before detailing the data sources used in the analysis of Vodafone Group. A structure of Vodafone Group, highlighting the use of holding companies, is then presented, after which a series of national case studies are detailed. The case studies are used to shed light on a series of topics that are subsequently discussed. Findings – The paper highlights the organisational complexity of Vodafone Group. There are many more companies within the Vodafone Group than expected. These companies are held through a series of holding companies, some of which are located in tax havens. Research limitations/implications – Assembling the data highlighted how little information is readily available in the public domain regarding the structure of telecommunications companies. Practical implications – There is a need for more data regarding the structure of mobile operators to be available in the public domain, so that a better appraisal of their actions by investors, regulators and governments can be made. Social implications – Understanding the structure of mobile operators should enable them to be better regulated and appropriately taxed. Originality/value – No other paper has examined in detail the organisational structure of Vodafone Group.

Journal

infoEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 21, 2013

Keywords: Mobile telecommunications; Vodafone; Operator structure; Telecommunication; Telecommunication services; Mobile communication systems

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