Reconceptualising Hierarchies: The Disaggregation and Dispersion of Headquarters in Multinational Corporations

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

In this paper, we provide an introduction to the Special Issue entitled ‘Divide and Rule? The Emergence and Implications of Increasingly Disaggregated and Dispersed Headquarters Activities in Contemporary Firms’. The purpose is two-fold. First, we propose a conceptualization of headquarters activities as a dynamic system in which activities can be distributed organizationally and spatially. We explicitly break with the dominant view of the prior research on ‘the headquarters’ as a single, identifiable unit in one specific location. Second, building on the manuscripts accepted for publication in this Special Issue, we outline research implications and put forward an agenda for research on the emergence and continuous management of disaggregated and dispersed headquarters systems.

Authors Nell, Phillip; Kappen, Philip & Laamanen, Tomi
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Management Studies
Language English
Subjects business studies
social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area None
Refereed Yes
Date 1 December 2017
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Volume 54
Number 8
Page Range 1121-1143
Number of Pages 23
Publisher DOI 10.1111/joms.12313
Official URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joms.12...
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Tomi Laamanen
Date Deposited 27 Feb 2018 14:59
Last Modified 09 Jul 2019 14:51
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/253754

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Nell, Phillip; Kappen, Philip & Laamanen, Tomi (2017) Reconceptualising Hierarchies: The Disaggregation and Dispersion of Headquarters in Multinational Corporations. Journal of Management Studies, 54 (8). 1121-1143.

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