The Role of Parent-Country Nationals in Reducing the Adverse Effect of Perceived Value Inconsistency on the Commitment of Foreign Subsidiary Employees

Dana Minbaeva, Larissa Rabbiosi, Guenter K. Stahl

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    Abstract

    Use of the parent country nationals as work group leaders is an important tool for creating alignment within the MNC network. We argue that the parent country expatriates have a key role in mitigating the adverse effects of
    perceived values’ inconsistency on affective commitment of employees in foreign subsidiaries, and ultimately MNC performance. Drawing on data from a global survey of 1567 work groups in a large European MNC, we demonstrate the adverse effects of perceived gaps in corporate core values and demonstrate that by acting as culture carriers and translators of corporate messages, parent country expatriates can create alignment around core espoused values and limit the negative consequences of values’ inconsistency at subsidiary level.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business
    EditorsPatricia McDougall-Covin, Tunga Kiyak
    Place of PublicationEast Lansing, MI
    PublisherAcademy of International Business
    Publication date2013
    Pages39
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventAIB 2013 Annual Meeting : Bridging the Divide: Linking IB to Complementary Disciplines and Practice - Sabancı University, Koç University, and Özyeğin University, Istanbul, Turkey
    Duration: 3 Jul 20136 Jul 2013
    Conference number: 55
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    Conference

    ConferenceAIB 2013 Annual Meeting
    Number55
    LocationSabancı University, Koç University, and Özyeğin University
    CountryTurkey
    CityIstanbul
    Period03/07/201306/07/2013
    Internet address
    SeriesAcademy of International Business. Annual Meeting. Proceedings
    Volume55
    ISSN2078-4430

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