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Headquarters' Attention and Its Effect on Subsidiary Performance

Published inManagement International Review, vol. 50, no. 4, p. 449-469
Publication date2010
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 relationship
  • Attention
  • Strategic choice
  • Subsidiary 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
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