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MNE Entrepreneurial Capabilities at Intermediate Levels: The Roles of External Embeddedness and Heterogeneous Environments

Anne Hoenen, Philipp Nell & Björn Ambos

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abstract This study investigates the entrepreneurial capabilities of MNE units at intermediate geographical levels, between the local subsidiary level and global corporate headquarters. In our conceptual development, we build on the entrepreneurship and MNE embeddedness literature to explain how MNE units at intermediate geographical levels differ from local subsidiaries and global corporate headquarters, and why those differences are important. We illustrate our arguments using data on European regional headquarters (RHQs). We find that RHQs' entrepreneurial capabilities depend on their external embeddedness and on the heterogeneous information that is generated through dissimilar markets within the region. Our study opens up for an interesting discussion of the independence of these mechanisms. In sum, we contribute to the understanding of the entrepreneurial role of intermediate units in general and RHQs in particular.
   
type journal paper
   
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language Deutsch
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 2014
journal Long Range Planning
publisher Elsevier (Oxford UK)
ISSN 0024-6301
ISSN (online) 1873-1872
DOI 10.1016/j.lrp.2013.08.009
volume of journal 2014
number of issue forthcoming
page(s) 1-11
review double-blind review
   
citation Hoenen, A., Nell, P., & Ambos, B. (2014). MNE Entrepreneurial Capabilities at Intermediate Levels: The Roles of External Embeddedness and Heterogeneous Environments. Long Range Planning, 2014(forthcoming), 1-11, DOI:10.1016/j.lrp.2013.08.009.