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The International Relocation of Corporate Centres:: Are Corporate Centres Sticky?


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  • Baaij, Marc
  • Van Den Bosch, Frans
  • Volberda, Henk


Empirical research reveals that relocations of corporate centres are most times confined to national borders. Until now, cross-border relocations are almost absent in the European Union, while in the United States relocations across State borders appear to be common. To contribute to a managerial understanding of these phenomena, we propose a conceptual framework of the determinants of the corporate centre location. Based on our analysis, we predict the stickiness of corporate centres of European Union-based corporations will diminish due to the European Union integration process and in particular triggered by the expected EU legislation regarding the removal of legal barriers against corporate mobility.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Management Journal.

Volume (Year): 22 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 141-149

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eurman:v:22:y:2004:i:2:p:141-149

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Keywords: Corporate centres Multinational corporations Corporate mobility Multibusiness corporations;


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  1. Birkinshaw, Julian & Braunerhjelm, Pontus & Holm, Ulf & Terjesen, Siri, 2006. "Why Do Some Multinational Corporations Relocate Their Headquarters Overseas?," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 54, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
  2. Lucía Isabel García Cebrián & Antonio Muñoz Porcar, 2010. "Potencial de las comarcas aragonesas para la localización industrial. Implicaciones para las autoridades públicas," Revista de Estudios Regionales, Universidades Públicas de Andalucía, vol. 2, pages 177-197.
  3. Deschryvere, Matthias, 2009. "Mobility of Corporate Headquarter Functions: A Literature Review," Discussion Papers 1203, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.


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