Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 357–381

The Role of Expatriates in the Management of Interdependence Complexity and Risk in Multinational Corporations

  • Nakiye Boyacigiller

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490825

Cite this article as:
Boyacigiller, N. J Int Bus Stud (1990) 21: 357. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490825


A multilevel analysis of environmental (country) and organizational (affiliate) factors is used to explain the differential utilization rates of U.S. nationals in overseas professional positions of a major U.S. bank with 84 branches in 43 countries. The research suggests that to the extent that the affiliates of a multinational corporation operate in environments with differing levels of political risk, cultural distance, and competition and have operations with different levels of complexity and interdependence, a single staffing policy may be inappropriate.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nakiye Boyacigiller
    • 1
  1. 1.San Jose State University