Assigned versus assumed: Towards a contemporary, detailed understanding of subsidiary autonomy

Cavanagh, A, Freeman, S, Kalfadellis, P and Herbert, K 2017, 'Assigned versus assumed: Towards a contemporary, detailed understanding of subsidiary autonomy', International Business Review, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 1168-1183.


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Title Assigned versus assumed: Towards a contemporary, detailed understanding of subsidiary autonomy
Author(s) Cavanagh, A
Freeman, S
Kalfadellis, P
Herbert, K
Year 2017
Journal name International Business Review
Volume number 26
Issue number 6
Start page 1168
End page 1183
Total pages 16
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This paper critically documents the rise of autonomy in subsidiary management literature, and develops an agenda for future research in this key area. Integrating and updating the seminal works of Paterson and Brock (2002) and Young and Tavares (2004), the paper begins with a critical review of subsidiary autonomy within the streams of subsidiary management literature. This leads to an assessment of the key contemporary issues requiring further investigation. These issues center around two key types of autonomy: assigned and assumed. We argue these types represent a more accurate, in-depth conceptualization of subsidiary autonomy, and also have significant implications for key related topics, including subsidiary development. This is depicted in an integrative model that draws upon agency theory, the network model of the MNE, the decision process perspective and the bundling model in presenting a revised view of subsidiary autonomy, and offers a basis for further research within the field.
Subject International Business
Keyword(s) Subsidiary autonomy
Literature review
Agency theory
Bundling model
Decision process perspective
Network model
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2017.04.007
Copyright notice © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN 0969-5931
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