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Edward, G., Andersson, U. & Memar, N. (2018). How subsidiaries influence innovation in the MNE value chain. TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS, 25(1), 73-100
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How subsidiaries influence innovation in the MNE value chain
2018 (English)In: TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS, ISSN 978-92-1-112927-4, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 73-100Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As multinational enterprises increasingly disaggregate their value chains and assign functional responsibilities to foreign subsidiaries, they are increasingly focused on augmenting spatially distant activities and resources. At the same time, despite subsidiary managers operating at the “middle” of the organization and having awareness of operational and strategic contexts, they have received significant criticism for hindering the successful coordination and integration of value chain activities. This appears counterintuitive as, on the one hand, MNEs are increasingly disaggregating their value chains and, on the other, subsidiary managers act as frontline managers, at the intersection of their local context and the MNE. We examine the resource stocks of six subsidiaries and the activities of subsidiary managers locally and across global value chains. The results indicate that integration responsibilities are decentralized, as properties of subsidiary mandates, and that the subsidiary managers' connectivity activities significantly affect the strategic influence that they subsidiary can exercise locally and globally. The results also contain important information for policymakers.

Keywords
R&D mandate integration; subsidiary manager activities; connectivity; strategic influence.
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41250 (URN)2-s2.0-85048545374 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-10-30 Created: 2018-10-30 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved
Gillmore, E. & Memar, N. (2017). How Subsidiaries Gain Strategic Influence In MNE Value Chains. In: : . Paper presented at 43rd European International Business Academy Conference, Milan, December 14-16, 2017..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How Subsidiaries Gain Strategic Influence In MNE Value Chains
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Keywords
R&D mandate; integration; resource management; resource dependency; strategic influence.
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36449 (URN)
Conference
43rd European International Business Academy Conference, Milan, December 14-16, 2017.
Available from: 2017-09-18 Created: 2017-09-18 Last updated: 2019-06-20Bibliographically approved
Andersson, U., Gillmore, E. & Memar, N. (2017). What Happens When You Got It? On the Consequences of Disaggregating Value Chain and Subsidiary Strategic Activities. In: : . Paper presented at The Academy of International Business (AIB) 2017 Annual Conference, Dubai , July 2-5, 2017..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What Happens When You Got It? On the Consequences of Disaggregating Value Chain and Subsidiary Strategic Activities
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36236 (URN)
Conference
The Academy of International Business (AIB) 2017 Annual Conference, Dubai , July 2-5, 2017.
Available from: 2017-08-16 Created: 2017-08-16 Last updated: 2019-06-20Bibliographically approved
Memar, N. & Andersson, U. (2016). IT’S SIMPLY COMPLICATED!: On the Consequences of Subsidiary Strategic Activities During Change Period. In: : . Paper presented at 4th Nordic Conference on Industrial Engineering and Management (ScAIEM), 28-30 November 2016, Luleå, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>IT’S SIMPLY COMPLICATED!: On the Consequences of Subsidiary Strategic Activities During Change Period
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today indeed MNEs are relying on the knowledge of many countries around the globe. Considering this, many MNEs fine-slice their value chain even R&D activities and send them across different subsidiaries [1, 2]. Although international R&D is not a new phenomenon [3] but interestingly, there is little evidence on how R&D mandate gain of the subsidiary increases the likelihood of subsidiary innovation. In this study, we explain the strategic boundary spanning activities of subsidiary’s managers ex-post gaining an R&D mandate on strategic learning of the subsidiary to explain the effects of these activities and capability enhancements on the subsidiary’s innovation. This research contributes to the existing literature by studying the effects of subsidiary managers’ different activities on subsidiary innovation. Additionally, this study enables the HQs’ executives to foresee the innovation potential of a subsidiary and at the same time gives the subsidiary’s managers, the ability to maximize innovations by designing an appropriate strategy within their internal and external environments during the change period. 

National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-34539 (URN)
Conference
4th Nordic Conference on Industrial Engineering and Management (ScAIEM), 28-30 November 2016, Luleå, Sweden
Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2017-02-02Bibliographically approved
Memar, N., Gillmore, E. & Andersson, U. (2015). On the hidden Consequences of Captive Offshoring: A managerial attention-based approach. In: : . Paper presented at AIB mini-Conference, Milan , October 29-31, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the hidden Consequences of Captive Offshoring: A managerial attention-based approach
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Captive offshoring; Subsidiaries' Attention; Hidden Costs
National Category
Social Sciences Economics and Business Business Administration
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30873 (URN)
Conference
AIB mini-Conference, Milan , October 29-31, 2015
Available from: 2016-01-28 Created: 2016-01-28 Last updated: 2019-06-20Bibliographically approved
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-7869-0596

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