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A Subsidiary Perspective on Organizing-Costs in Multinational Corporations: The Roles of Distance, Coordination, and Relationship Atmosphere
BI Norwegian Business School, Norway.
BI Norwegian Business School, Norway.
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. (IEO)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4425-9367
BI Norwegian Business School, Norway.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Previous studies of organizing-costs in multinational corporations have taken the view of the parent corporation. In this study, we turn the table around and examine how subsidiaries experience organizing-costs as they deal with demands from and interactions with corporate headquarters. Specifically, we examine how distance, coordination mechanisms, and atmosphere influence the level of organizing-costs in the headquarter-subsidiary relationship. We focus on two types of organizing-costs; bargaining costs and information costs. Using survey data collected among subsidiary managers in two Norwegian companies in the consulting and certification services industry, we show that business atmosphere significantly reduces both types of organizing-costs, whereas distance increases bargaining costs. Organizing-costs are also influenced by the coordination mechanisms used in the headquartersubsidiary relationship. We find that centralization and formalization reduce information costs, whereas social integration, contrary to our hypothesis, increases bargaining costs.

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2016.
Keyword [en]
Headquarter-subsidiary relations, organizing-costs, coordination, distance, atmosphere
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-34268OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-34268DiVA: diva2:1057298
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AIB 2016 Annual Meeting New Orleans, USA, June 27-30, 2016
Available from: 2016-12-16 Created: 2016-12-16 Last updated: 2016-12-21

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