Subsidiary embeddedness and control in the multinational corporation
ABSTRACT A subsidiary of a multinational corporation (MNC) is embedded in a network of specific business relationships. It is argued that the degree of subsidiary embeddedness is a function of the adaptation between the subsidiary and direct and indirect counterparts of these relationships. The paper hypothesizes that the higher the degree of embeddedness, the greater the likelihood of counterparts influencing the subsidiary's behaviour. This influence competes with headquarter's desire to exercise control to integrate the subsidiary into the overall corporate strategy.The empirical data presented, collected from 78 subsidiaries of major Swedish MNCs, indicate that embeddedness has an impact on how headquarter's control is perceived by the subsidiary, if embeddedness is separated into external and corporate embeddedness. The test provides support for the opinion that the higher the degree of embeddedness vis-à-vis external customers, suppliers and other counterparts, the lower the degree of headquarters' control, as perceived by the subsidiary. But it also lends support for the view that embeddedness vis-à-vis corporate counterparts works in the opposite direction; it rather tends to increase the control perceived at the subsidiary level. These results indicate that competition for influence over the subsidiaries' behaviour, as seen from the headquarter's point of view, arises primarily from external actors who have business specific relationships with the subsidiary.
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ABSTRACT: In this introduction to the Special Issue on Strategy Process Research the guest editors suggest that the future research in this subfieid should be more holistic, emphasize more team work, focus more on corporate managers and be more supportive of action research methodologies. This introductory essay also reviews briefly the important contributions to date of strategy process research and provides a short summary of the papers that were selected for the special issue.Strategic Management Journal 02/2007; 13(S1):5 - 14. · 3.78 Impact Factor
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