MNC Headquarters as Activity Systems: The Consequences of Differentiating and Relocating MNC Headquarters

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    Recent literature has questioned why multinational corporations (MNC) relocate their headquarters activities overseas. In this paper, we investigate the consequences of this phenomenon. To do this, we conceptualize the MNC headquarters activities as an interdependent system, and develop a set of
    propositions that links headquarters unbundling and relocation to complexity and rising coordination costs. Moreover, we argue that the coordination costs are often neglected in the headquarters reconfiguration process. In sum, we provide a novel perspective on modern MNC headquarters configurations, derive consequences for MNC research, and develop a model that aims at explaining the stability of such systems.
    Recent literature has questioned why multinational corporations (MNC) relocate their headquarters activities overseas. In this paper, we investigate the consequences of this phenomenon. To do this, we conceptualize the MNC headquarters activities as an interdependent system, and develop a set of
    propositions that links headquarters unbundling and relocation to complexity and rising coordination costs. Moreover, we argue that the coordination costs are often neglected in the headquarters reconfiguration process. In sum, we provide a novel perspective on modern MNC headquarters configurations, derive consequences for MNC research, and develop a model that aims at explaining the stability of such systems.

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    ConferenceAIB 2012 Annual Meeting
    Number54
    LocationGeorge Washington University and University of Maryland
    CountryUnited States
    CityWashington
    Period30/06/201203/07/2012
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      MNC Headquarters as Activity Systems : The Consequences of Differentiating and Relocating MNC Headquarters. / Nell, Phillip C.; Larsen, Marcus M.

      2012. Paper presented at AIB 2012 Annual Meeting, Washington, United States.

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