Subsidiary Driven Problem Solving
Aim of Study
This study focuses on how subsidiary managers of multinational corporations (MNCs) respond to unique organisational challenges, so-called "non-routine problems". Such a non-routine problem requires firms to enter into a problem solving process that questions established processes, practices or capabilities to find novel answers. While such problem solving is very challenging, it also represents an opportunity for innovation and for making a strategically important contribution to the wider corporation. The latter could be of strategic importance to the subsidiary, especially in times of increasing pressures on subsidiary management to demonstrate their value to the corporation.
Process of Survey
We invite subsidiaries to participate in a structured examination of organisational problem solving. We investigate non-routine problems initiated by the subsidiary and completed during the past 12 months. The examination of selected problem solving processes includes two different questionnaires: one answered by subsidiary management (Questionnaire 1), one by the project leader (Questionnaire 2).
Background of Study
This study has already been conducted in 29 subsidiary organisations in the ICT and pharmaceutical industry in Ireland and France. To further extend our findings, the survey will examine subsidiaries in Austria and the CEE region. This survey is a joint research project of University College Dublin (UCD), Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and Grenoble Ecole de Management and it is funded by the European Commission, the Irish Research Council and Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).
Dr. Esther Tippmann is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin (UCD). Her research interests include the activities of subsidiary managers and micro-perspectives on knowledge and capability development in multinational corporations, and she has collaborated closely with subsidiary organisations in Ireland and France.
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MMag. Renate Kratochvil is a research and teaching associate at the Institute for International Business at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Her areas of research include MNC problem formulation and solving, problem solving processes and headquarter-subsidiary relations.
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Univ. Prof. Dr. Phillip Nell, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), centers his research on the organization of the multinational corporation, the management of subsidiaries, and the role headquarters play in large and complex organizations. Furthermore, he is interested in the role analytics and data management play for strategic decision making and firm performance.
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Prof. Andrew Parker, Grenoble Ecole de Management, conducts research in the area of social networks, organisational theory, careers and labour markets. He is the co-author of The Hidden Power of Social Networks.
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For additional information please do not hesitate to contact Renate Kratochvil and download the project description.