Changes at Corporate Headquarters: Review, Integration and Future Research

Item Type Journal paper

In modern corporations, the corporate headquarters (CHQ) unit is considered central to the fortune of the overall firm. In light of ever-changing environments, changes at the CHQ have become a crucial concern in management research and practice, and scholars have studied a variety of changes at the CHQ. Despite the common focus on the CHQ entity and the potential for cross-fertilization across several research tracks, a coherent picture of this dispersed body of knowledge is lacking. In this article, we review 25 years of research on changes at the CHQ. In so doing, we advance a common language and an overarching framework that integrates the existing knowledge in the intellectual domains of strategy, organizational design and international business research. On this basis, we suggest directions for future research to advance our knowledge of: (1) the pressure for and resistance to changes at the CHQ, (2) interrelationships among changes at the CHQ, (3) change processes at the CHQ, (4) agents involved in changes at the CHQ and (5) adaptive and disruptive effects of changes at the CHQ. Overall, the study provides a conceptual basis for combining the existing knowledge of changes at the CHQ and serves as a guide for future research.

Authors Kunisch, Sven; Menz, Markus & Ambos, Björn
Journal or Publication Title International Journal of Management Reviews
Language English
Keywords Corporate headquarters, corporate strategy, corporate office, head office, headquarters, corporate headquarters change, strategic change, organizational-design change, relocation, relocations, multibusiness firm, multinational firm, multibusiness company, multinational company, multibusiness corporation, multinational corporation
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Responsible Corporate Competitiveness (RoCC)
Refereed Yes
Date 1 July 2015
Publisher Blackwell Publ.
Place of Publication Oxford
Volume 17
Number 3
Page Range 356-381
Number of Pages 26
ISSN 1460-8545
ISSN-Digital 1468-2370
Publisher DOI 10.1111/ijmr.12044
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Sven Gunnar Tilo Kunisch
Date Deposited 15 May 2014 14:44
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:18


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Kunisch, Sven; Menz, Markus & Ambos, Björn (2015) Changes at Corporate Headquarters: Review, Integration and Future Research. International Journal of Management Reviews, 17 (3). 356-381. ISSN 1460-8545

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