Determinants of Functional Responsibilities of Subsidiaries and Methodology of the Empirical Study



The chapter presents a model of the determinants of the functional responsibilities of subsidiaries. In particular, the chapter presents argumentation for the existence of a complex set of relationships between functional responsibilities of a subsidiary and the subsidiary’s pool of distinct capabilities, initiative, internal and external embeddedness, and supply environment. In sum, the proposed model sets out what we believe are the drivers of a subsidiary’s functional responsibilities in the multinational enterprises’s value network. The model is deliberately eclectic, in that no single theory can adequately capture the whole phenomenon. Furthermore, the chapter delineates measures used in the empirical part of the book (Chap.  5), and presents the data-gathering process and the sample characteristics.


Functional responsibilities Subsidiary evolution Distinct capabilities Embeddedness Subsidiary initiative Supply environment Environment dynamics MNE 


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