Multinational enterprise regional management centres: Characteristics and performance

Published on Feb 1, 2017in Journal of World Business
· DOI :10.1016/j.jwb.2016.12.011
Dwarka Chakravarty1
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(UWO: University of Western Ontario),
Ying-Ying Hsieh1
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(UWO: University of Western Ontario)
+ 1 AuthorsPaul W. Beamish62
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(UWO: University of Western Ontario)
In multinational enterprises (MNEs), regional management centres (RMCs) most frequently take the form of either dedicated regional headquarters (RHQs) or regional management mandates (RMMs) assigned to operating subsidiaries. We identify a series of critical differences in characteristics and performance between RHQs and RMMs, using a longitudinal sample of 855 Japanese RMCs across 41 countries. We also investigate parent-level differences between MNEs with distinct RMC configurations. We propose a structural complement to regional strategy extensions of the integration-responsiveness framework, and provide an important large sample baseline, aiding new theoretical and empirical research into MNE regional management strategy and structure.
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