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The Multinational corporation as an interorganizational network

Author: Ghoshal, Sumantra ; Bartlett, Christopher A.INSEAD Area: StrategyIn: Academy of Management Review, vol. 15, no. 4, oct. 1990 Language: EnglishDescription: p. 603-625.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask us for this itemAbstract: A multinational corporation consists of a group of geographically dispersed and goal disparate organizations that include its headquarters and the different national subsidiaries. Such an entity can be conceptualized as an inter-organizational network that is embedded in an external network consisting of all other organizations such as customers, suppliers, regulators, etc. with which the different units of the multinational have to interact. Based on such a conceptualization, the paper draws on inter-organization theory to develop a model of the multinational corporation as an internally differentiated inter-organizational network, and proposes some hypotheses that relate certain attributes of the multinational, such as resource configuration and internal distribution of power, to certain structural properties of its external network
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A multinational corporation consists of a group of geographically dispersed and goal disparate organizations that include its headquarters and the different national subsidiaries. Such an entity can be conceptualized as an inter-organizational network that is embedded in an external network consisting of all other organizations such as customers, suppliers, regulators, etc. with which the different units of the multinational have to interact. Based on such a conceptualization, the paper draws on inter-organization theory to develop a model of the multinational corporation as an internally differentiated inter-organizational network, and proposes some hypotheses that relate certain attributes of the multinational, such as resource configuration and internal distribution of power, to certain structural properties of its external network

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