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


  • 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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  • Baaij, Marc & Van Den Bosch, Frans & Volberda, Henk, 2004. "The International Relocation of Corporate Centres:: Are Corporate Centres Sticky?," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 141-149, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eurman:v:22:y:2004:i:2:p:141-149

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    1. Eric von Hippel, 1994. ""Sticky Information" and the Locus of Problem Solving: Implications for Innovation," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 40(4), pages 429-439, April.
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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. 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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