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Interactions between HQ and Divisions in a MNC - Some Consequences of IT Implementation on Organizing supply Activities


  • Svend Ole Madsen

    () (Department of Environmental and Business Economics, University of Southern Denmark)

  • Ole Stegmann Mikkelsen

    () (Danfoss A/S, Denmark)


This article focuses partly on the interaction between a company headquarter and the divisions and partly on how new IT technologies can influence this process. Specifically, the influence of a newly developed Data Warehouse sys-tem organization of supply is investigated. Based on earlier perspectives, such as core competence and portfolio perspectives, the interactions are examined, and a third perspective, in which elements of the two are coordinated and inte-grated, is introduced. Based on a single case study of Danfoss A/S, the new IT opportunities are then used to illustrate the implications on the organisation of purchasing activities.

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  • Svend Ole Madsen & Ole Stegmann Mikkelsen, 2004. "Interactions between HQ and Divisions in a MNC - Some Consequences of IT Implementation on Organizing supply Activities," Working Papers 57/04, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sdk:wpaper:57

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    Strategic purchasing; multinational companies (MNCs); Informa-tion; Communication and Technology (ICT); organisational development;

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