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Headquarters' Involvement in Managing Subsidiaries
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Företagsekonomiska institutionen.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-1977-2997
2018 (Engelska)Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

Within contemporary research on the multinational corporation (MNC), the topic of headquarters' involvement has grown considerably in importance. As the central organisational unit in the MNC, headquarters has the potential to add value to the firm by performing an administrative and entrepreneurial role. While the administrative role concerns synergetic coordination and control activities, the entrepreneurial role pertains to developing and implementing new innovations such as management innovations at the corporate-wide level. 

Existing literature has generated valuable insights into headquarters' administrative and entrepreneurial role and the potential to create value for the MNC. However, more research is needed on how headquarters can advantageously involve itself and integrate subsidiaries to ensure that their activities are aligned with the MNC strategy without impinging upon subsidiaries' autonomy and without incurring their resistance to headquarters' coordination, control, and innovation activities. 

This thesis aims to advance our knowledge on headquarters' involvement in managing its subsidiaries. Within the administrative role, I examine coordination and control activities, and within the entrepreneurial role, I examine the process of developing and implementing management innovations and facilitating factors. The thesis draws on a single longitudinal case study of the development and implementation of a new performance management practice by a European MNC within the construction industry. During the fieldwork, I gathered empirical material from observations and interviews as well as secondary data. While this thesis has been carried out as a single case study, the outcome of the thesis is presented in four separate papers, exploring headquarters' involvement in coordination, control and innovation activities. 

This thesis contributes to the literature on headquarters' involvement in managing subsidiaries by suggesting a collaborative approach to subsidiary engagement and participation that addresses 1) the issue of subsidiary demotivation by feeling degraded to an implementer, 2) the suitability issue by reducing the risk of mismatch between new headquarters integration and innovation activities and subsidiary contexts. Combining headquarters' and subsidiaries' stocks of perspectives and knowledge helps transcend the spatial, cultural, institutional and political boundaries between headquarters and subsidiaries.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Stockholm: Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University , 2018. , s. 66
Nyckelord [en]
MNCs, headquarters' involvement, coordination, control, innovation, collaboration
Nationell ämneskategori
Företagsekonomi
Forskningsämne
företagsekonomi
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158769ISBN: 978-91-7797-294-5 (tryckt)ISBN: 978-91-7797-295-2 (digital)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158769DiVA, id: diva2:1238665
Disputation
2018-09-27, Gröjersalen, hus 3, Kräftriket, Roslagsvägen 101, Stockholm, 13:00 (Engelska)
Opponent
Handledare
Anmärkning

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: Submitted. Paper 2: Manuscript. Paper 3: Manuscript. Paper 4: Submitted.

Tillgänglig från: 2018-09-04 Skapad: 2018-08-14 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-08-29Bibliografiskt granskad
Delarbeten
1. Coordination in the multinational corporation
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Coordination in the multinational corporation
(Engelska)Manuskript (preprint) (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
Nyckelord
MNCs, headquarters-subsidiary relations, coordination, capabilities, longitudinal case study
Nationell ämneskategori
Företagsekonomi
Forskningsämne
företagsekonomi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158760 (URN)
Anmärkning

An earlier version of this paper has been presented at the Nordic Academy of Management (NFF) conference in Copenhagen 12-14 August 2015. 

Tillgänglig från: 2018-08-14 Skapad: 2018-08-14 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-08-31
2. Management technology as a means of headquarters control: an affordance perspective
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Management technology as a means of headquarters control: an affordance perspective
(Engelska)Manuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Nyckelord
MNCs, headquarters-subsidiary relations, control, technology, affordances, case study
Nationell ämneskategori
Företagsekonomi
Forskningsämne
företagsekonomi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158763 (URN)
Anmärkning

Paper has been presented at the Strategic Management Society (SMS) conference in Berlin 17-20 September 2016. 

Tillgänglig från: 2018-08-14 Skapad: 2018-08-14 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-08-22Bibliografiskt granskad
3. Co-generating management innovation in the MNC: the facilitating role of boundary objects
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Co-generating management innovation in the MNC: the facilitating role of boundary objects
(Engelska)Manuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Nyckelord
MNCs, management innovations, headquarters-subsidiary collaboration, boundary objects
Nationell ämneskategori
Företagsekonomi
Forskningsämne
företagsekonomi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158764 (URN)
Anmärkning

This paper has been accepted to the Academy of International Business UK & Ireland (AIB UK&I) conference in Birmingham 12-14 April 2018. 

Tillgänglig från: 2018-08-14 Skapad: 2018-08-14 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-08-22Bibliografiskt granskad
4. A fused perspective on management innovation in multinational corporations
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>A fused perspective on management innovation in multinational corporations
(Engelska)Manuskript (preprint) (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
Nyckelord
boundary spanning activities, collaborative interaction, management innovation, improvisational innovation, MNCs/MNEs, subsidiaries
Nationell ämneskategori
Företagsekonomi
Forskningsämne
företagsekonomi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158765 (URN)
Anmärkning

An earlier version of this paper has been presented at the Academy of International Business (AIB) conference in Dubai 2-5 July 2017. 

Tillgänglig från: 2018-08-14 Skapad: 2018-08-14 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-08-31

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