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Expatriate managers and MNC's ability to control international subsidiaries: the case of Japanese MNCs

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  • Paik, Yongsun
  • Sohn, Junghoon Derick

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Building upon the notion of behavioral means of control, this paper contends that the level of cultural knowledge of expatriates plays a critical role in determining the effectiveness of expatriates as a means of control over international subsidiaries of multinational corporations (MNCs). An empirical investigation with a sample of Japanese MNCs indicates that while expatriate personnel with adequate cultural knowledge of the host country contribute to the MNC's control ability, those without cultural knowledge do not.

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  • Paik, Yongsun & Sohn, Junghoon Derick, 2004. "Expatriate managers and MNC's ability to control international subsidiaries: the case of Japanese MNCs," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 61-71, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:39:y:2004:i:1:p:61-71
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