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Challenges in establishing global collaboration:temporal, strategic and operational decoupling

Friesl, M and Silberzahn, R (2012) Challenges in establishing global collaboration:temporal, strategic and operational decoupling. Long Range Planning, 45 (2-3). pp. 160-181. ISSN 0024-6301

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    Abstract

    Collaboration among the subsidiaries of multinational enterprises (MNEs) can lead to major synergies and efficiency gains. Despite these benefits, global collaboration is still only partly corporate reality. Research indicates that major obstacles still lie in establishing subsidiary collaboration. Initiating global collaboration requires strategic renewal with profound implications for MNEs’ local operations. In this article we investigate the process of strategic renewal leading to global collaboration and the challenges involved. We present a longitudinal case of an international IT company and its effort to establish global collaboration among its subsidiaries. The case analysis reveals that the establishment of global collaboration was affected by a decoupling of headquarters and subsidiaries along three dimensions: temporal, strategic and operational. Our findings have implications for research on global collaboration as well as strategic renewal. Practitioners can benefit from a discussion of challenges in the establishment of a collaborative strategy in MNEs and suggestions for how these challenges can be overcome.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Long Range Planning
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Subsidiary collaboration ; Multinational corporations ; Strategic renewal
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Strategic Management
    ID Code: 45602
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:34
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:34
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45602

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