Regional Management as a System - A Longitudinal Study
Management International Review, 2009
24 Pages Posted: 2 May 2013
Date Written: October 21, 2009
We apply information processing theory and research on regional units to investigate the evolution of regional management. Based on a longitudinal case study of a European multinational we capture the overall structural development of the firm and within this context, we conduct an in-depth analysis of two regions and their regional management centres. We conceptualise regional management as a system of differentiated centres. The notion that headquarters can be found in a single location is replaced by the view that headquarters' activities are spatially distributed within a system. Over time, this multi-level system adapts to changing information processing requirements.
Keywords: regional management, system, information processing, regional headquarters
JEL Classification: F23, L20, L21, L22, M00, M10
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