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Perception Gaps in Headquarters-Subsidiary Relations

Seus, Fanny

Headquarters-subsidiary relationships and how they evolve are object of a lot of research. However, it remains open how headquarters-subsidiary relationships translate into everyday cooperation, the top-management perspective set aside. In order to widen our understanding of headquarters-subsidiary relations, we argue that it is necessary to focus on differing role understanding and a resulting mismatch of expectations. We extend the concept of perception gaps as origin of headquarters-subsidiary conflicts by linking it to the literature on team cognition. Furthermore, we identify a lower level of aggregation as a research opportunity and propose to study between-team interactions of headquarters and subsidiaries. Finally, we discuss implications for the premise that design shapes behaviour.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000128630
Veröffentlicht am 15.01.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Entrepreneurship, Technologie-Management und Innovation (ENTECHNON)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 01.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2194-1629
KITopen-ID: 1000128630
Verlag Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Umfang 15 S.
Serie KIT Scientific Working Papers ; 158
Schlagwörter Multinational corporation; headquarters-subsidiary relations; organisation design; perception gaps; team cognition; representational gaps
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