Progressing the relational perspective on MNCs: Beyond headquarters-subsidiary relationships

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Title: Progressing the relational perspective on MNCs: Beyond headquarters-subsidiary relationships
Authors: Piaskowska-Lewandowska, Dorota Anna
Tippmann, Esther
Ambos, Tina C.
Sharkey Scott, Pamela
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Date: 2015
Online since: 2016-10-03T16:16:03Z
Abstract: Purpose: Today’s MNCs need to adopt smart ways of organizing to tap into the potential of their complex internal and external relationships. This requires MNCs to identify the relevant relationships and to develop appropriate relational skills and capabilities. Hence this chapter addresses two key questions: what kind of relational structures and qualities are conducive to value creation, and how can MNCs best develop and utilize their complex relationships? Methodology/approach: The chapter reviews the main developments in the area of MNC organizing to date. Subsequently three examples of novel on-going research into MNC relationships are presented. Finally avenues for future research and links to related areas in international business research are discussed. Findings: The relational perspective on the MNC is well-established. Past research, however, has mostly taken the view of the headquarters-subsidiary dyad without fully conceptualizing the multiplicity of relationships and interdependencies of individuals, groups, and units in the MNC. This chapter uncovers the relational skills required to improve MNC value creation abilities by influencing and leveraging connections among disparate units and individuals to tap their expertise and creative potential. This includes insights into abilities for managing and balancing multiple networks, abilities for mobilizing relevant network actors when driving bottom-up processes, and abilities for facilitating connections and collaboration among different actors. Originality/value: This chapter advances the understanding and practice of multinational organizing. It presents novel ways to systematically address the complexities and interdependencies of relational effects on the ability of MNCs to create value.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Emerald
Keywords: Multinational corporationsRelational structuresRelational perspectiveValue creationHeadquarters-subsidaryGlobal organizing
DOI: 10.1108/S1745-886220150000010032
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Van Tulder, R., Verbeke, A. and Drogendijk, R. (eds.). The Future of Global Organizing (Progress in International Business Research, Volume 10)
ISBN: 978-1-78560-423-2
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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