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Housekeeping at Corporate Headquarters: International Trends in Optimizing the Size and Scope of Corporate Headquarters

abstract Purpose: This international guide on changes at CHQ provides data
and insights on changes in CHQ design over a four-year time period
(2007–2010), as well as on the status quo of recent CHQ design and effectiveness
(2010).
Surveys: The guide is based on large-scale surveys of 761 of the largest
corporations in 21 countries in North America and Europe. The overall
company-level response rate accounting for 28.4 % of the sample indicates
a large interest in changes at CHQ.
Key findings: The surveys indicate an overall trend towards stronger
CHQ – in contrast to the more prominent cases of CHQ cutbacks frequently
published in the business press. Many companies have tightened
the reins of CHQ and increased CHQ influence over divisional decisions.
   
type working report (English)
   
keywords Corporate headquarters, corporate functions, corporate parent, general office, central administrative office, corporate center, organizational design, corporate headquarters change, corporate strategy, corporate strategic change, strategic change, CEO succession, upper echelons
   
project The Dynamics of the Strategic Apex - Investigating Antecedents and Outcomes of Corporate Headquarters Change
type of report Survey Report
date of appearance 2012
publisher University of St.Gallen/Harvard Business School (St.Gallen/Boston)
review internal review
   
profile area SoM - Responsible Corporate Competitiveness (RoCC)
citation Kunisch, S., Müller-Stewens, G., & Collis, D. J. (2012). Housekeeping at Corporate Headquarters: International Trends in Optimizing the Size and Scope of Corporate Headquarters: Survey Report. St.Gallen/Boston: University of St.Gallen/Harvard Business School.