Entrepreneurial Capabilities at the Regional Level in Multinational Enterprises – The Roles of Intra-Regional Dissimilarity and Embeddedness

28 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2012

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Anne Kristin Hoenen

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Institute for International Business

Phillip C. Nell

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Department of Global Business and Trade; Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation

Björn Ambos

University of St. Gallen - Institute of Technology Management; Vienna University of Economics and Business

Date Written: October 11, 2012

Abstract

This study investigates entrepreneurial capabilities of regional headquarters (RHQs). In our conceptual development, we build on entrepreneurship and MNE embeddedness literature to suggest that intra-regional dissimilarity as well as RHQs’ regional embeddedness are positively related to the level of RHQs’ entrepreneurial capabilities. We illustrate our arguments on the basis of data on European RHQs. In addition, our study opens up for an interesting discussion of these mechanisms’ interdependence. This contributes to our understanding of RHQs as important entrepreneurial actors within the MNE, the structuring of regions, and the importance of MNE external embeddedness.

Keywords: regional headquarters, market dissimilarity, entrepreneurial capabilities, embeddedness, international entrepreneurship, opportunity recognition

JEL Classification: L1, L2, M1

Suggested Citation

Hoenen, Anne Kristin and Nell, Phillip C. and Ambos, Bjorn, Entrepreneurial Capabilities at the Regional Level in Multinational Enterprises – The Roles of Intra-Regional Dissimilarity and Embeddedness (October 11, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2160339 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2160339

Anne Kristin Hoenen

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Institute for International Business ( email )

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Phillip C. Nell (Contact Author)

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Department of Global Business and Trade ( email )

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Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation ( email )

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Bjorn Ambos

University of St. Gallen - Institute of Technology Management ( email )

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Switzerland

Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

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Austria

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