Julia Brandl & Anna Schneider (2017)
In: Christoph Dörrenbächer & Mike Geppert (eds.), Multinational Corporations and Organization Theory. Post Millennium Perspectives. Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 295-324.
How headquarter (HQ) and subsidiary actors end conflicts and reach agreements is an important but still under-researched question in multinational corporations (MNC) literature. This conceptual article approaches these conflict dynamics from the Convention Theory perspective. Convention Theory draws attention to justice principles (known as “order of worth”) and to the material aspects in relations between MNC actors. We offer a framework that contributes to HQ-subsidiary relations research in three ways: (1) it links conflicts to justice principles, (2) it enriches the understanding of the stability of agreements, and (3) it sheds light on the activities needed for realizing preferred arrangements.