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What Do We Know About Corporate Headquarters? A Review, Integration, and Research Agenda


Markus Menz


University of St. Gallen

Sven Kunisch


University of St. Gallen

David J. Collis


Harvard Business School

August 19, 2013

Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Working Paper No. 14-016

Abstract:     
During the past five decades, scholars have studied the corporate headquarters (CHQ) – the multidivisional firm’s central organizational unit. The purpose of this article is to review the diverse and fragmented literature on the CHQ and to identify the variables of interest, the dominant relationships, and the contributions. We integrate, for the first time, the existing knowledge of the CHQ into an organizing framework. Based on a synthesis of the literature, we identify major shortcomings and gaps, and present an agenda for future research that contributes to our understanding of the CHQ and the multidivisional firm.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 64

Keywords: Corporate headquarters, corporate parent, corporate center, corporate strategy, multidivisional firm, multibusiness firm, multinational corporation

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Date posted: August 26, 2013  

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Menz, Markus and Kunisch, Sven and Collis, David J., What Do We Know About Corporate Headquarters? A Review, Integration, and Research Agenda (August 19, 2013). Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Working Paper No. 14-016. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2316198 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2316198

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Markus Menz
University of St. Gallen ( email )
Dufourstrasse 40a
St. Gallen, CH-9000
Switzerland
Sven Kunisch
University of St. Gallen ( email )
Dufourstrasse 40a, 9000
St. Gallen
Switzerland
David J. Collis (Contact Author)
Harvard Business School ( email )
Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States
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