Innovation and control in the multinational firm : A comparison of political and contingency approaches

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

This study focuses on control mechanisms used by multinational corporations (MNCs) to manage their extra-national R&D units. Drawing on both the literature on organizational power and contingency theory, this study develops and empirically tests a set of hypotheses aimed at explaining how headquarters control their overseas R&D units. Data collected from 134 R&D units of German MNCs serve to test the hypotheses. Results highlight the importance of the units' R&D mandate and its interdependence in explaining control mechanisms. Moreover, they indicate a relatively weak predictive power of political approaches compared to contingency approaches.

Authors Ambos, Björn & Schlegelmilch, Bodo
Journal or Publication Title Strategic Management Journal
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 1 May 2007
Publisher Wiley
Place of Publication Chichester [u.a.]
Volume 28
Number 5
Page Range 473-486
Number of Pages 14
ISSN 0143-2095
ISSN-Digital 1097-0266
Publisher DOI 10.1002/smj.584
Depositing User Anja Schuster
Date Deposited 21 Nov 2012 22:29
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:15
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/218077

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Ambos, Björn & Schlegelmilch, Bodo (2007) Innovation and control in the multinational firm : A comparison of political and contingency approaches. Strategic Management Journal, 28 (5). 473-486. ISSN 0143-2095

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