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Managing complex MNEs: structural attributes of the MNE and expatriation strategies

Lee, J. M. (2016) Managing complex MNEs: structural attributes of the MNE and expatriation strategies. In: Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management.

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To link to this item DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2016.171


This study explores how multinational enterprises (MNEs) manage a complex organizational network comprised of multiple subsidiaries widely dispersed across a range of locations. Based on an interorganizational network view of the MNE, we advance the literature on expatriation strategies by demonstrating the influence of structural attributes of the MNE that originate from a unique composition of differentiated subsidiaries. Based on an empirical investigation of 124 Korean MNEs and their expatriation decisions in 1,621 downstream subsidiaries, this study demonstrates that MNE structural attributes, such as multinationality, power structure, and regional dependence, have significant effects on expatriation strategies in MNEs in terms of two different aspects: the intensity of expatriation and the variation of expatriation level among subsidiaries. Our findings provide several important implications for both theory and practice.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:72645
Publisher:Academy of Management


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