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




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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Management Studies (JMS)
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, MAN-A+, STRAT-A, WH-A
Language English
Title Reconceptualising Hierarchies: The Disaggregation and Dispersion of Headquarters in Multinational Corporations
Volume 54
Number 8
Year 2017
Page from 1121
Page to 1143
Reviewed? Y
URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joms.12313/full
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12313
Open Access Y


Nell, Phillip C. (Details)
Kappen, Philip (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)
Laamanen, Tomi (Universität St. Gallen, Switzerland)
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')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
5915 Economic geography (Details)
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