Whither National Subsidiaries? The need to refocus International Management research on structures and processes that matter

Edwards, Tony, Svystunova, Luda, Almond, Phil, Kern, Philipp, Kim, Kyoungmi and Tregaskis, Olga (2021) Whither National Subsidiaries? The need to refocus International Management research on structures and processes that matter. Journal of International Business Studies. ISSN 0047-2506 (In Press)

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Abstract

The notion that multinational companies (MNCs) are comprised of multiple subsidiaries in different countries is one that underpins voluminous research in international management. This body of research was recently the subject of an authoritative and comprehensive review in this journal (Meyer, Li and Schotter, 2020). Yet, we have major concerns about the prevalence of the term ‘subsidiary’ within academic writing and the assumptions of authority and control on which it is based. We argue that the role of national subsidiaries in how MNCs are organized has been eroded by developments ‘from above’ and ‘from below’ the national level such that in many cases the notion of a subsidiary is close to meaningless in terms of how MNCs govern and coordinate their production and service provision, and how work is organized. We set out the implications for theory and methods in international management (IM).

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 00:48
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2021 00:48
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79555
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