Control of subsidiaries of MNCs from emerging economies in developed countries: the case of Taiwanese MNCs in the UK

Yi-Ying Chang, Kamel Mellahi, Adrian Wilkinson

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There has been considerable research over the past few decades on the process through which headquarters of multinationals from developed economies exercise control over their network of subsidiaries in foreign countries. However, little research has been conducted on multinationals from emerging economies operating in developed countries. In this paper, we examine the motives for, and mechanisms by which, headquarters of Taiwanese multinationals exercise control over their subsidiaries in the UK. The paper draws on data collected through 66 interviews with top managers and human resource managers from four UK based subsidiaries of Taiwanese multinationals. The study reveals that Taiwanese multinationals use both output control and behaviour control to manage their subsidiaries in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-95
Number of pages21
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


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