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Does the Interactive Use of Headquarter Performance Measurement Systems in Foreign Subsidiaries Endanger the Potential to Profit from Local Relationships?

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  • Utz Schäffer
  • Matthias D. Mahlendorf
  • Jochen Rehring

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type="main"> Managing distant subsidiaries is a challenge for headquarters of multinational companies. Performance measurement systems (PMS) can assist in this task. Taking a business network perspective, we study the moderating effect of the interactive use of PMS implemented by headquarters at subsidiaries on the relationship between subsidiary embeddedness and subsidiary performance. We test our hypotheses using survey data from 110 subsidiary managers in China. The results suggest that the multinational network surrounding the subsidiary affects overall headquarter control possibilities. Specifically, while interactive use may be helpful in situations of low local embeddedness of the subsidiary, it seems to have negative side effects on the subsidiaries’ ability to benefit from high local embeddedness.

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  • Utz Schäffer & Matthias D. Mahlendorf & Jochen Rehring, 2014. "Does the Interactive Use of Headquarter Performance Measurement Systems in Foreign Subsidiaries Endanger the Potential to Profit from Local Relationships?," Australian Accounting Review, CPA Australia, vol. 24(1), pages 21-38, March.
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