Management International Review

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 513–532 | Cite as

Regional Management as a System

A Longitudinal Case Study
  • Rebecca PiekkariEmail author
  • Phillip C. Nell
  • Pervez N. Ghauri
Research Article


  • We apply information processing theory to investigate the evolution of regional management.

  • Based on a longitudinal case study of a European multinational we capture the overall structural development of the firm and within this context, we conduct an in-depth analysis of two regions and their regional management centres.

  • We conceptualise regional management as a system of differentiated centres. The notion that headquarters can be found in a single location is replaced by the view that headquarters’ activities are spatially distributed within a system. Over time, this multi-level system adapts to changing information processing requirements.


Regional management System Information processing Regional headquarters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Piekkari
    • 1
    Email author
  • Phillip C. Nell
    • 2
  • Pervez N. Ghauri
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Management, School of EconomicsAalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Center for Strategic Management and GlobalizationCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Management, School of Social Science and Public PolicyKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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