Political Heterarchy and Dispersed Entrepreneurship in the MNC

Williams, Christopher and Lee, Soo Hee (2011) Political Heterarchy and Dispersed Entrepreneurship in the MNC. Journal of Management Studies, 48 (6). pp. 1243-1268. ISSN 00222380 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

We develop and test a new perspective on dispersed entrepreneurship within the multinational corporation (MNC). Various literatures suggest that corporate, subsidiary, and individual level factors can lead to entrepreneurial initiatives diffusing outward from a subsidiary to other MNC units. We extend this to include political heterarchy (mechanisms by which subsidiary managers enhance their power base through heterarchy) as both direct and moderating factor. Using a survey of 135 managers in a wide range of MNC subsidiaries, we find that a tolerance for local initiative (subsidiary level), subsidiary manager proactivity (individual level), and political heterarchy directly influence initiative diffusion. In terms of moderating effects, political heterarchy is seen to activate corporate level entrepreneurial strategy. We show how political heterarchy is central to dispersed entrepreneurship within the MNC and highlight the positive function of networked organizational politics in rejuvenating the international firm. © 2011 The Authors. Journal of Management Studies © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: PY - 2011/// [EPrints field already has value set] JA - J. Manage. Stud. [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 09:27
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 13:57
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30860 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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