EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The tyranny of the head office? Revisiting corporate headquarters’ (CHQs) role in MNE subsidiary initiatives

Alain Verbeke () and Wenlong Yuan ()
Additional contact information
Alain Verbeke: University of Calgary
Wenlong Yuan: University of Manitoba

Journal of Organization Design, 2020, vol. 9, issue 1, 1-11

Abstract: Abstract What roles should corporate headquarters (CHQs) of multinational enterprises (MNEs) play in foreign subsidiary initiatives? Rather than viewing the MNE’s CHQ as a single, internally homogenous unit, we call for examining the diversity of individual decision-makers who can be driven by a variety of motivations and have different abilities. Motivations and abilities together determine whether or not corporate executives will choose to intervene in subsidiary initiatives and the effectiveness of such intervention. If dysfunctional, the “tyranny of the head office” materializes. We apply the Coleman-boat concept to show how contextual analyses at the MNE level and the proposed analyses of individual decision-makers need to be combined when exploring the underlying micro-foundational mechanisms of decisions.

Keywords: Subsidiary initiative; Multinational enterprise; Corporate headquarters; Tyranny of the head office; Micro-foundations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://link.springer.com/10.1186/s41469-020-0065-6 Abstract (text/html)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:spr:jorgde:v:9:y:2020:i:1:d:10.1186_s41469-020-0065-6

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer.com/journal/41469

DOI: 10.1186/s41469-020-0065-6

Access Statistics for this article

Journal of Organization Design is currently edited by Børge Obel and Charles C. Snow

More articles in Journal of Organization Design from Springer, Organizational Design Community
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla ().

 
Page updated 2020-04-23
Handle: RePEc:spr:jorgde:v:9:y:2020:i:1:d:10.1186_s41469-020-0065-6