Innovation in MNC’S strategy and structure : the (re) emergence of host country headquarters in large emerging markets

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609–632
Number of pages24
Journal / PublicationAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number3
Online published16 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020


Recent trends in the organization of multinational corporations (MNCs) in large emerging markets point to the (re)emergence of a host country headquarters (HCHQ) as a central structural element to the implementation of MNCs’ strategies in these countries. Yet, academic research on the strategy, structure and the organization of MNCs’ subsidiaries in a country has yet to account for this recent structural phenomenon. To help better understand this innovation in MNCs’ structural organization, we develop a new classification scheme, which focuses on the totality of an MNC’s subsidiaries within a single host country as a unit of analysis. As such, we emphasize an HCHQ perspective rather than a corporate headquarters (HQ) or a subsidiary perspective. We motivate this new classification scheme by leveraging the limitations of prior studies as well as considering the opportunities this new perspective offers for research on MNCs and for practice in international management.

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  • Host-country headquarters, Subsidiary, Multinationalcorporations, Emerging markets

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