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Headquarters’ Attention and Its Effect on Subsidiary Performance

Birkinshaw, Julian
Published in Management International Review. 2010, vol. 50, no. 4, p. 449-469
Abstract Drawing on a sample of 283 subsidiaries in three countries, we investigate how headquarters’attention affects subsidiary performance. - Scholars have recently argued that top management’s attention is the most critical, scarce and sought-after resource in organizations (Haas and Hansen 2001; Bouquet and Birkinshaw 2008). However, the question how headquarters’ attention affects subsidiary companies remains largely unexplored. - Our study shows that subsidiaries which have a high level of strategic choice and receive attention from headquarters perform better than their peers. More specifically, we find that the interactions of subsidiaries’ autonomy, inter-unit power and initiatives with attention increase subsidiary performance.
Keywords Headquarters-subsidiary relationshipAttentionStrategic choiceSubsidiary performance
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AMBOS, Tina, BIRKINSHAW, Julian. Headquarters’ Attention and Its Effect on Subsidiary Performance. In: Management International Review, 2010, vol. 50, n° 4, p. 449-469. doi: 10.1007/s11575-010-0041-4 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:97130

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