Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen

Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen
Åbo Akademi University · Handelshögskolan/School of Business and Economics

PhD

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August 2012 - December 2015
Hanken School of Economics
Position
  • PhD programme director, research services manager
January 2007 - July 2012
Hanken School of Economics
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2005 - December 2011
Hanken School of Economics
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Project-based engagements as programme director for Hanken & SSE Executive Education; also academic director at 40% FTE in 2005-2006.

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Publications (39)
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International Management (IM) needs a better understanding of how managers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make sense of cultural differences in international business relationships, especially regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR) in relationships between firms from emerging and developed countries. We address this lacuna by...
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Purpose This study aims to identify how the personal social capital of opinion leaders contributes to the market adoption of start-up innovations. Design/methodology/approach A design-oriented case study is undertaken with a start-up company focusing on the development and commercialization of innovations in the veterinary market. Based on a liter...
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Call for papers We invite you to submit your research to explore the theme of “Bringing Research Together” for the 26th biennial NFF Conference in Örebro. We are looking forward to receiving your submissions. Track 3.2 – International Migrants in Business Corresponding Chair: Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen, Åbo Akademi University, Finland (wbarner@abo...
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Even while attempting to explain the same outcomes, research on leadership and on human resource management (HRM) have largely progressed on parallel trajectories. We extend recent efforts to bring these fields closer together by testing how employee perceptions of a high‐performance work system (HPWS) and transformational leadership (TL), independ...
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Business practitioners tend to show little interest in academic journals, raising concerns that research-based knowledge potentially relevant to their managerial practice might evade them. The literature suggests academic writing style as one of the major reasons for this lack of interest. Against this background, we quantitatively examine the read...
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Answering recent calls to integrate research on leadership and human resource management (HRM), we test how HRM system implementation and transformational leadership (TL) are related to a set of employee attitudes. Analyses of a sample of 308 subordinates to 76 middle-level managers in five MNCs suggest that HRM enhances some of the effects of TL,...
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The operating environment of multinational corporations (MNC) is multilingual, adding significant complexity to knowledge-sharing interactions between employees. In this paper, we explore how knowledge sharing in MNCs is influenced by code switching, or shifting between languages during interaction. Previous international business research has most...
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Boundary spanners play an important role in multinational corporations (MNC), yet it is unclear who these valuable individuals are and why certain individuals, and not others, perform this role. We advance a ‘recognition’ perspective based on whether and how relevant others on both sides on the boundary experience positive impact. A dynamic integra...
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This chapter advances the theoretical understanding of the links between social capital, minority entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial context. The main research question is what kind of impact social capital may have on the entrepreneurial activity of an established minority, especially in relation to the identification and development of entrepr...
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The fluidity of regional headquarters (RHQ) mandates is a core aspect of disaggregating HQ activities in MNCs. While ‘slicing' of global value chains has received attention in previous research, the parallel disaggregation of management activities has not. Our longitudinal study of 374 RHQ between 1998 and 2010 redresses this omission by asking why...
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This article analyzes allegiances of three groups of employees in foreign subsidiaries of multinational enterprises—parent country nationals, host country nationals, and third country nationals. Building on, but different from existing work, we broaden the focus of inquiry from expatriates at the managerial level to (a) include other categories of...
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In this chapter we argue that multinational corporations (MNCs) can be understood from a language perspective; and in this we include national languages (e.g. English, Finnish, German, Japanese) as well as special languages (such as occupational vocabularies which we discuss fully below). We also take account of considerations of language as sociol...
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We examine the role of cultural and language skills as resources for individuals’ boundary spanning ability in multinational corporations. Our combined qualitative and quantitative analysis shows that cultural and language skills influence the extent to which individual boundary spanners perform four functions: exchanging, linking, facilitating, an...
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The body of case study-based research on language in multinational corporations (MNCs) is growing, but its findings have as yet been subjected to limited statistical validation. In this paper we use quantitative functional-level data to chart language use in subsidiaries' communication with other MNC units and local partner firms, and to analyze so...
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With multinational corporations increasingly adopting English as a corporate language, the issue of language management and the pros and cons of language standardization have been widely debated in the literature. Our 17-country study considers whether the use of English as a common corporate language causes difficulties. We empirically examine whe...
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The article explores the functions, resources and types of individuals spanning multinational corporation (MNC) internal boundaries to better understand the microfoundations of inter-unit interactions within the MNC. Boundary spanners are defined as individuals who are perceived by other members of their in-group and relevant out-groups to engage i...
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Purpose – This chapter explores the determinants of trust, a manifestation of the relational dimension of social capital, between interaction partners in multinational corporations at interpersonal and inter-unit levels of analysis.Methodology – The study is based on two quantitative data sets from the Finnish subsidiaries of foreign MNCs, one at t...
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We propose solutions to two recurring problems in cross-national research: response style differences and language bias. In order to do so, we conduct a methodological comparison of two different response formats—rating and ranking. For rating, we assess the effect of changing the commonly used 5-point Likert scales to 7-point Likert scales. For ra...
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This book is on cross-border competence management in Russia and China. Corporations are facing a number of problems and challenges in their international operations, to which there typically are no simple solutions. For instance, they need to understand and respond to cultural and institutional diversity and ascertain that their foreign units are...
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We would like to thank Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, for their valuable funding for this research project.
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This article reviews several books pertaining to multinational corporations, including “Managing the Embedded Multinational: A Business Network View,” by Mats Forsgren, Ulf Holm, and Jan Johanson, “Global, National & Local Practices in Multinational Corporations,” edited by Mike Geppert and Michael Mayer, and “Headquarters & Subsidiaries in Multina...
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This article proposes that MNC subsidiaries located in economically highly developed countries will transfer more knowledge to other corporate units than will subsidiaries located in less developed countries. The direct effect of subsidiary location is tested, as well as the interaction effects of location and social capital, on outward knowledge t...
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High levels of trust and shared vision contribute to collaborative behaviour among units belonging to the same corporation. We examined the relationship of language fluency and socialization mechanisms to inter-unit shared vision and trustworthiness, using a sample of 310 inter-unit relationships involving subsidiaries of multinational corporations...
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In the present paper, we aim to explain the dynamic phenomenon of Headquarters (HQ) relocation. The relocation of sales, marketing and production activities has been widely studied, but the strategic decision to relocate a HQ unit across borders has attracted far less attention. Drawing on a multiple case study of Finnish multinationals we conceptu...
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In the present paper, we aim to explain the dynamic phenomenon of Headquarters (HQ) relocation. The relocation of sales, marketing and production activities has been widely studied, but the strategic decision to relocate a HQ unit across borders has attracted far less attention. Drawing on a multiple case study of Finnish multinationals we conceptu...
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Purpose – This paper seeks to explore the use of common corporate language(s) in multinational corporations (MNCs). These organizations are usually multilingual and characterized by high language diversity. Parallel streams of literature in international management and international business communications are built upon to problematize the notion...
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If multinational corporations (MNCs) can gain competitive advantage from interunit knowledge sharing, how to promote interunit communication in MNCs is a key question. We develop a model of factors that may influence communication in intra-MNC interunit relationships and test it on a sample of 308 dyadic relationships between Finnish and Chinese su...
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In this paper we explore the impact of organisational mechanisms on inter-unit knowledge flows in multinational corporations (MNCs). A comprehensive model, based on agency theory and socialisation theory, is tested on a sample of 134 Finnish and Chinese MNC subsidiaries. Our findings indicate that MNCs can influence inter-unit knowledge transfer by...
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The aim of this paper is to explore potential determinants of the feedback-seeking behaviour (FSB) of subsidiary top managers in multinational corporations (MNCs). The main contribution of the study is that the linkage between FSB and intra-MNC interaction traced in previous studies is complemented with several other determinants. Among these, trus...
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Diss. -- Helsingfors -- Svenska handelshögskolan.
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Multinational corporations (MNCs) are commonly perceived as networks of differentiated units, dependent for their competitive edge on the sharing of different kinds of internal resources. This ‘differentiated network’ view of the MNC strongly emphasizes the crucial role of interunit knowledge sharing, the topic of this thesis. The five essays prese...

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