Towards the Micro-Foundations of Organizational Practice Adoption in the MNC: The Role of Core Self-Evaluation

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Abstract

The adoption of organizational practices is elementary in the creation of sustained competitive advantage for the multinational corporation (MNC). While prior studies have largely focused on the institutional context, in this study, we explore the role of the subsidiary managers' personality in the adoption of practices mandated by corporate headquarters to subsidiary units. Using a unique data set, we analyze 130 practice adoption cases in a large European MNC and find that managers' core self-evaluation (CSE) is a significant factor with respect to the implementation and internalization of organizational practices. In addition, the empirical findings suggest that socialization of subsidiary managers moderates the relationships between managers' personality and both dimensions of organizational practice adoption. Drawing attention to the role of individuals in organizational practice adoption, the study contributes to the emerging literature on the micro-foundations of knowledge transfers in large organizations.

Authors Schulte Steinberg, Adrian; Ambos, Björn & Kunisch, Sven
Language English
Keywords Multinational corporation, knowledge transfer, organizational practice adoption, core self-evaluation, subsidiary managers, organizational control
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Responsible Corporate Competitiveness (RoCC)
Refereed Yes
Date 24 June 2014
Publisher Academy of International Business
Page Range 25
Title of Book Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business "Local Contexts in Global Business"
Event Title 56th Academy of International Business (ABI) Annual Meeting
Event Location Vancouver, Kanada
Event Dates 23.-26.06.2014
ISSN 2078-0435
Depositing User Adrian Schulte Steinberg
Date Deposited 08 May 2014 12:56
Last Modified 26 Jan 2018 14:42
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/231466

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Schulte Steinberg, Adrian; Ambos, Björn & Kunisch, Sven: Towards the Micro-Foundations of Organizational Practice Adoption in the MNC: The Role of Core Self-Evaluation. 2014. - 56th Academy of International Business (ABI) Annual Meeting. - Vancouver, Kanada.

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