A dynamic perspective on subsidiary autonomy

Ambos, Björn, Asakawa, Kazuhiro and Ambos, Tina C (2011) A dynamic perspective on subsidiary autonomy. Global Strategy Journal, 1 (3-4). pp. 301-316. ISSN 2042-5805

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Abstract

Prior investigations treated subsidiary autonomy more or less as a static concept, but the headquarters-subsidiary relationship is likely to evolve and result in changing power positions over time. This article examines the static and dynamic impacts of external/internal embeddedness on the autonomy of overseas R&D subsidiaries. Based on data from 73 overseas R&D subsidiaries of German firms, we show that a dynamic perspective indeed produces counterintuitive results, namely that high internal embeddedness in the past may help laboratories gain higher levels of autonomy in the future, whereas high external embeddedness may lead to lower levels of autonomy in the future. Our results indicate that building trust and linking up with headquarters are important strategies for subsidiaries wishing to be granted autonomy in the future.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Joy Blake
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 12:24
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 12:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44111

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