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Management technology as a means of headquarters control: an affordance perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1977-2997
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Keywords [en]
MNCs, headquarters-subsidiary relations, control, technology, affordances, case study
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158763OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158763DiVA, id: diva2:1238630
Note

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

Available from: 2018-08-14 Created: 2018-08-14 Last updated: 2018-08-22Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Headquarters' Involvement in Managing Subsidiaries
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University, 2018. p. 66
Keywords
MNCs, headquarters' involvement, coordination, control, innovation, collaboration
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158769 (URN)978-91-7797-294-5 (ISBN)978-91-7797-295-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-09-27, Gröjersalen, hus 3, Kräftriket, Roslagsvägen 101, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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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.

Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-08-14 Last updated: 2018-11-12Bibliographically approved

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