Quotation Kratochvil, Renate, Nell, Phillip C. 2015. Problem Formulation in MNCs. Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy (EIBA), Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC), Rio de Janeiro, Brasilien, 01.12.-03.12.2015.




“The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution …” (Einstein & Infeld, 1961) In this paper we analyze the micro foundations of strategic problem formulation in multinational corporations (MNCs). In order to develop a strategy to find solutions for solving complex, ill-structured, and wicked problems successfully, it is crucial to first identify what problem should be tackled. Thus, problem formulation is a key activity to successfully solve problems, and, can be seen as an opportunity to add value to the wider organization. Previous studies refer to organizational problem formulation from different aspects, but there is still no research on formulating problems in the context of international corporations. To address this question, we unraveled 145 studies on organizational problem formulation using the method of the systematic literature review. Results were qualitatively and quantitatively synthesized. We expect this study to (1) serve as a basis for analyzing theoretical contributions and streams of thinking that have contributed to our understanding of organizational problem formulation, (2) give insights on the micro-foundations of problem formulation in an international context, (3) induce particularities of problem formulation in international corporations, and (4) identify gaps for further research.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Poster presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Problem Formulation in MNCs
Event Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy (EIBA)
Date 01.12.-03.12.2015
Location Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC), Rio de Janeiro
Country Brazil
Year 2015
URL http://www.eiba.org/r/default.asp?iId=GFDGHJ


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Kratochvil, Renate (Former researcher)
Nell, Phillip C. (Details)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Institute for International Business IN (Details)
Institute for International Business (Nell) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
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