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Managing the Contemporary Multinational

The Role of Headquarters Edited by Ulf Andersson, Mälardalen University and Ulf Holm, Uppsala University, Sweden
Managing the Contemporary Multinational explores the role of headquarters in different structures of multinational firms and shows how this role is affected by the complexity of contemporary research.
Extent: 336 pp
Hardback Price: $157.00 Web: $141.30
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 807 0
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  • Business and Management
  • International Business
  • Strategic Management
Managing the Contemporary Multinational explores the role of headquarters in different structures of multinational firms and shows how this role is affected by the complexity of contemporary research.

This topical book illustrates that contemporary research has added complexity to the attributes of the multinational, with implications for the role of headquarters. It examines claims that subsidiaries contribute to the overall competitiveness of the corporation, that they are organized in corporate networks spanning country borders, and that they depend upon specific relationships in the external network. It is stressed that headquarters’ knowledge of the multinational and its business environment is crucial, but also problematic. The eminent contributors question whether headquarters have become more or less important given the complexity of contemporary research, and argue that the answer to this question depends on the theoretical foundation adopted in the multinational.

Based on empirical studies, this invaluable book will be a captivating read for students and researchers interested in international business and international management.
‘. . . a recommended read for those interested in headquarter-subsidiary relations in the multinational enterprise.’
– Jasper Hotho, Journal of International Management
Contributors: U. Andersson, W. Barner-Rasmussen, G.R.G. Benito, P.J. Buckley, F. Ciabuschi, R. Drogendijk, W.G. Egelhoff, M. Forsgren, J. Gammelgaard, P.N. Ghauri, U. Holm, C. Holmström, J. Johanson, P. Kappen, O. Martín Martín, J.A. Mathews, T. Pedersen, R. Piekkari, J. Scott-Kennel, S. Tomassen, C. Welch, M. Yamin, I. Zander
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction and Overview
Ulf Andersson and Ulf Holm

PART I: HEADQUARTERS’ ROLE AND STRUCTURES OF THE MULTINATIONAL
2. Beyond Heterarchy: Emerging Futures of the Hypermodern MNC
Ivo Zander and John A. Mathews

3. The Role of Headquarters in the Global Factory
Peter J. Buckley

4. Commander-in-Chief or Absentee Landlord? Key Perspectives on Headquarters in Multinational Corporations
Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen, Rebecca Piekkari, Joanna Scott-Kennel and Catherine Welch

5. Evaluating the Role of Parent HQ in a Contemporary MNC
William G. Egelhoff

PART II: HEADQUARTERS’ MONITORING AND VALUE-CREATING ROLES
6. A Critical Assessment of the Business Network Perspective on HQ Control in Multinational Companies
Mohammed Yamin and Pervez N. Ghauri

7. Governance Costs in Headquarters–Subsidiary Relationships
Gabriel R.G. Benito and Sverre Tomassen

8. Headquarters’ Potential Value-Adding by Cherry-Picking Sub-Unit Technology Development Projects
Ulf Andersson and Philip Kappen

9. Determinants of HQs’ Involvement in Innovation Transfer
Francesco Ciabuschi and Oscar Martín Martín

10. Internal versus External Knowledge Sourcing of Subsidiaries and the Impact of Headquarters Control
Jens Gammelgaard and Torben Pedersen

11. Managing the Transfer of Externally Embedded Subsidiary Knowledge: The Role of Headquarters’ Control Mechanisms
Christine Holmström

12. The Role of National Culture on the Headquarters–Subsidiary Relationship in the Multinational Corporation: The Effect of Power Distance
Rian Drogendijk and Ulf Holm

PART III: A DIALOGUE ABOUT THE UPPSALA MODEL OF INTERNATIONALIZATION
13. A Dialogue About the Uppsala Model of Internationalization
Mats Forsgren and Jan Johanson

14. The Uppsala Model of Internationalization: A Comment
Peter J. Buckley

Index