Reverse Diffusion in Us Multinationals: Barriers from the American Business System

26 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2005

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Tony Edwards

King's College London

Philip Almond

De Montfort University - Leicester Business School

Ian Clark

University of Kent - Business School

Trevor Colling

De Montfort University - Department of Human Resource Management

Anthony Ferner

De Montfort University

Abstract

This paper addresses the issue of 'reverse diffusion' of employment practices in multinational companies, which is defined as the transfer of practices from foreign subsidiaries to operations in the country of origin. It adds to the literature by examining the influence of the parent business system in multinationals. Specifically, it addresses how the dominant institutions and established organizational structures and practices in the home country affect the extent and impact of reverse diffusion of employment practices. Drawing on fresh evidence from American-owned multinationals in the UK we argue that there is considerable potential for reverse diffusion to occur among this group of firms. However, we highlight a number of barriers to reverse diffusion that the American business system presents, demonstrating that these constrain both the prevalence and the impact of it in practice.

Suggested Citation

Edwards, Tony and Almond, Philip and Clark, Ian and Colling, Trevor and Ferner, Anthony, Reverse Diffusion in Us Multinationals: Barriers from the American Business System. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 42, No. 6, pp. 1261-1286, September 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=782990

Tony Edwards (Contact Author)

King's College London ( email )

Philip Almond

De Montfort University - Leicester Business School ( email )

Milton Keynes, MK7 6HP
United Kingdom

Ian Clark

University of Kent - Business School ( email )

Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ
United Kingdom

Trevor Colling

De Montfort University - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

Leicester, LE1 9BH
United Kingdom
+44 116 250 6135 (Phone)
+44 116 250 6255 (Fax)

Anthony Ferner

De Montfort University ( email )

Leicester Business School Department of HRM
Leicester LE1 9BH
United Kingdom

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