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Inside the transnational social space: Cross-border management and owner relationship in a German subsidiary in Hungary


  • Chistoph Doerrenbaecher


This paper examines the social relationships in and around a German subsidiary in Hungary during the first 15 years of Hungarian transition to a market economy. It draws on a recent conceptual framework that sees multinational corporations as transnational social spaces, in which transnational communities - communities of individuals that exhibit a unique cross-national organisational identity - may emerge. Empirically investigating two basic types of cross-border social relationship in multinational corporations, the paper argues that, due to the constant interplay of cross-border management and ownership relationships, the emergence of transnational communities is a demanding process, with established communities being precarious entities.

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  • Chistoph Doerrenbaecher, 2007. "Inside the transnational social space: Cross-border management and owner relationship in a German subsidiary in Hungary," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 12(4), pages 318-339.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2007_04_doerrenbaecher

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    multinational corporations; transnational social space; transnational communities; headquarters-subsidiary relationships; knowledge transfer;

    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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