Strategy and Management In MNE Subsidiaries

Julian Birkinshaw and Torben Pedersen

in The Oxford Handbook of International Business

Second edition

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199234257
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Strategy and Management In MNE Subsidiaries

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This article aims to review the large and growing literature on MNE subsidiaries, and to offer some perspectives on how it may evolve in the future. There is clearly some overlap between the content of this article — notably those concerned with the strategy and structure of the MNE as a whole, and the article about alliances and joint ventures in MNEs. What makes this article distinctive is its focus on the wholly-owned subsidiary company as the primary unit of analysis (where the subsidiary is defined as a value-adding activity outside the MNE's home country). The research reviewed here typically is concerned with the activities and/or responsibilities of the subsidiary company, and how the subsidiary company relates to other entities inside and outside the MNE. And from an applied perspective, it is typically directed towards the agenda of subsidiary managers.

Keywords: MNE subsidiaries; joint ventures; business alliance; strategy and management; subsidiary managers; value-adding activity

Article.  9655 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Strategy ; International Business

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