Regional Headquarters Capabilities as Key Facilitator of the Coordination of Transnational Business Activities

13 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2012

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Jörg Freiling

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics

Sven M. Laudien

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 19, 2012

Abstract

Transnational corporations (TNCs) recently face a dilemma: they coevally have to exploit global‐based as well as locally enrooted business opportunities (‘glocal dilemma’). This brings the aspect of formal and informal coordination to an issue. In our conceptual paper we focus on formal coordination and employ a capability‐based perspective to address the specific coordination role regional headquarters (RHQ) as structural coordination tool play in this context. Based on a framework borrowed from entrepreneurship theory, we outline necessary capabilities of RHQs to be able to carry out their coordinative function in a sufficient way. Our paper enhances existing knowledge by highlighting the up to now widely disregarded coordinative power of RHQ structures subject to specific competences.

Keywords: Transnational Corporations, Regional headquarters, Coordination, Competences, Entrepreneurial Functions

JEL Classification: F23, L14, L22, L23, M19

Suggested Citation

Freiling, Jörg and Laudien, Sven M., Regional Headquarters Capabilities as Key Facilitator of the Coordination of Transnational Business Activities (October 19, 2012). ZenTra Working Paper in Transnational Studies No. 02/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164351 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2164351

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Sven M. Laudien

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