The Corporate Headquarters in Organization Design Theory: An Organizational Economics Perspective

Nicolai J. Foss*

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The corporate headquarters (CHQ) is an important part of the organization of large firms; yet, it is neglected in organization design theory. In this brief essay, I argue that we need a better understanding of the CHQ to further our understanding of the link between the top-management team and the rest of the organization, and to improve our understanding of the costs and benefits of hierarchical organization in general. I outline a number of organizational economics ideas that may help addressing these challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
JournalJournal of Organization Design
Issue number1
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

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