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The Loss of Mandates: A study on the loss of mandates by exploring theory and using Astra Zeneca as an empirical case
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A mandate is “a business, or element of a business, in which the subsidiary participates and for which it has responsibilities beyond its national market” (Birkinshaw, 1996, p. 467). In the past MNCs set up subsidiaries as miniature replicas of the parent firm but with a changing global market the role of the subsidiary has developed into holding specific mandates. Much has been written about how subsidiaries gain mandates, but in this paper we focus on what causes a subsidiary to lose its mandate. By using AstraZeneca’s R&D unit in Södertälje as a case we examine the loss of mandates and to what extent technological capabilities are connected to the loss of mandates. The paper shows that explaining the loss of mandates is complex and requires consideration of several perspectives. We here provide a starting point for other researchers to continue upon.

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2014. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
mandate, subsidiary, technological capabilities, patent, R&D
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226807OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-226807DiVA: diva2:727391
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Business Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Business and Management
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Available from: 2014-06-23 Created: 2014-06-20 Last updated: 2014-06-23Bibliographically approved

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