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Un capitalisme d’ingénieurs : Construire un groupe aéronautique après une fusion

Abstract : This thesis explores the post-merger integration dynamics of an industrial group, following the path of a French aeronautics firm, Safran, between 2005 and 2015. Based on an ethnography of the Research and Development division producing aeronautic on-board electronics, 160 interviews and review of grey literature, the thesis analyzes the integration strategies and devices at two distinct levels – top management and engineering teams. This thesis aims to understanding how integration is produced at both levels after a merger, against conflicting and centrifugal forces. The Safran case shows how a new political order is built in a firm around organizational structures based on sociotechnical interdependences and engineers’ professional ideology. This “engineering capitalism” – a notion that explains and characterizes the specific mode of integration at Safran – is linked with the technocratic thought of the French engineering grands corps. It is made economically viable by the shape of the aeronautics market and the kind of competition that takes place within it. It is a means for the top management of the firm to collectively articulate a market strategy and shareholders’ enrollment – including the State as a shareholder – with the internal integration of the enterprise. This work is based on a combination of sociology of organizations and firms, economic sociology and sociology of work.
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Hadrien Coutant. Un capitalisme d’ingénieurs : Construire un groupe aéronautique après une fusion. Sociologie. Sciences Po - Institut d'études politiques de Paris, 2016. Français. ⟨tel-01520788⟩

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