Boundary Spanning in Global Organizations

19 Pages Posted: 11 May 2017

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Andreas Schotter

Ivey Business School at Western University

Ram Mudambi

Temple University - Department of Strategic Management

Yves L. Doz

INSEAD - Strategy

Ajai Gaur

Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

Global organizations are inherently complex. The spatial dispersion of activities results in organizational subunits becoming embedded in local host‐country contexts that differ from their parents’ home country contexts. These subunits are also embedded in their parents’ corporate networks, causing them to differ from their locally embedded peers. The dual embeddedness and associated complexities create complex and often implicit boundaries. In addition, the contextual and operational diversity that affects the boundaries in global organizations are continually changing. Hence managing and coordinating across different inter‐ and intra‐organizational boundaries has emerged as an important capability for the success of global organizations. So far, we have a limited understanding of the factors that affect the complexity and effectiveness of the boundary spanning function. In this article, we focus on clarifying these key issues and propose a model for effective boundary spanning in global organizations.

Keywords: boundary spanners, boundary spanning, dispersed networks, dual embeddedness, global organizations, microfoundations, MNE

Suggested Citation

Schotter, Andreas and Mudambi, Ram and Doz, Yves L. and Gaur, Ajai S., Boundary Spanning in Global Organizations (June 2017). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 54, Issue 4, pp. 403-421, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2965818 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12256

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Ram Mudambi

Temple University - Department of Strategic Management ( email )

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Yves L. Doz

INSEAD - Strategy ( email )

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Ajai S. Gaur

Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick ( email )

Newark, NJ
United States

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