Power capabilities and cross-border dissemination in multinational corporations: the influence of internationally-assigned managers

Haynes, Rochelle (2012) Power capabilities and cross-border dissemination in multinational corporations: the influence of internationally-assigned managers. In: Academy of International Business, March 29th-31st 2012, University of Liverpool.

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This paper proposes that internationally assigned managers possess various power capabilities, which if employed strategically can facilitate smooth transfer and operationalisation of policies and practices within the foreign subsidiaries of multinational corporations (MNCs). Utilizing Lukes’ (1974) power model, it is argued that managers’ unique international status, vast knowledge access and control over verbal information networks allow them to exercise power on various dimensions and influence the behaviour and interests of various local actors. The effectiveness of IA-managers within the global arena has been recognised as crucial to the success of international business (Tung, 1984; Young and Hamil, 1992; Dowling et al., 2008; Harzing and Pennington, 2011). Hence, in an effort to further theoretical development within this particular academic sub-field, the ways in which IA-managers can employ their power resources and the potential outcomes of these endeavours will be conceptualised and put forward for empirical examination.

Keywords:managers, power capabilities, multinatiional companies, subsidiaries
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N120 International Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N600 Human Resource Management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:08 Feb 2018 11:36

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