Quotation Valentino, Alfredo and Nell, Phillip C. and Hotho, Jasper J. 2014. MNC Headquarters as Global Network Orchestrators: Insights from Headquarters Relocation Patterns in Europe. In: Advances in International Management, issue 27, Hrsg. Torben Pedersen , Markus Venzin , Timothy M. Devinney , Laszlo Tihanyi, S. 299-323. UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


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Despite increased interest in headquarters (HQ) and their activities, we still lack a comprehensive understanding of the drivers of HQ relocations and their consequences. We seek to address this gap by examining whether HQ relocations are primarily driven by cost-reduction or value-creation motives, whether these motivations vary by HQ type and how these relocation patterns vary over time. We explore these questions on the basis of a unique hand-collected database of 227 HQ relocations in Europe between 2000 and 2012. Our findings illustrate that different types of HQ units play their orchestrating role in different ways and that their relocations are driven by different motives. Furthermore, our data suggest that although all types of HQ units are increasingly mobile, the implications of relocations for the MNC may differ considerably by HQ type. These findings contribute to a more fine-grained understanding of the drivers of HQ relocations and open up various new avenues for future research on HQ relocation and the role of HQ units in the orchestration of MNC' internal networks.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title MNC Headquarters as Global Network Orchestrators: Insights from Headquarters Relocation Patterns in Europe
Title of whole publication Advances in International Management, issue 27
Editor Torben Pedersen , Markus Venzin , Timothy M. Devinney , Laszlo Tihanyi
Page from 299
Page to 323
Location UK
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Year 2014
URL http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S1571-502720140000027015
ISBN 978-1-78350-953-9

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Nell, Phillip C. (Details)
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Hotho, Jasper J.
Valentino, Alfredo
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International Business (Details)
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