Functional Responsibilities in Subsidiary Role Studies: Literature Overview



This chapter provides an extensive overview of studies of a subsidiary’s roles. While concentrating on the functional responsibilities of a subsidiary, it presents various approaches to this issue. It refers to resource- and configuration-oriented research, discusses responsibility-oriented subsidiary role studies, and focuses on the latest analytical solution to the functional responsibilities of subsidiaries, namely, the subsidiary strategic role concept. Research on subsidiary roles is often perceived as homogeneous. However, the findings of this chapter indicate that it remains diversified in terms of the approaches applied to the functional responsibilities of a subsidiary. The modern approach toward the subsidiary strategic role concept opens new avenues for studies of the determinants of a subsidiary’s functional responsibilities.


Subsidiary role Functional responsibilities Subsidiary evolution Subsidiary strategic role MNE 


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  1. 1.Department of International CompetitivenessPoznań University of Economics and BusinessPoznańPoland

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