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An empirical evaluation of conflict in MNC matrix structure firms

Joachim Wolf and William G. Egelhoff

International Business Review, 2013, vol. 22, issue 3, 591-601

Abstract: According to existing theory, MNCs with matrix structures are supposed to have more intra-organizational conflict than non-matrix firms. The present study uses a sample of 82 German MNCs to evaluate and reject this general hypothesis. Only MNCs with a product division by geographical region matrix structure support the hypothesis. Other types of matrix structure which contain a functional division dimension tend to have levels of intra-organizational conflict similar to elementary structures. The paper develops and proposes new logic and two propositions that explain which types of matrix structure lead to greater conflict and which do not. As more MNCs consider using matrix structures to implement increasingly complex strategies, a better understanding of conflict in matrix MNCs is important.

Keywords: Conflict; Matrix structure; MNCs; Organization structure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2012.08.005

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