The Complexity of the Business Network Context and Its Effect on Subsidiary Relational (Over-) Embeddedness

Nell, Phillip C. and Andersson, Ulf (2012) The Complexity of the Business Network Context and Its Effect on Subsidiary Relational (Over-) Embeddedness. International Business Review, 21 (6). pp. 1087-1098. ISSN 09695931

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Abstract

Many studies have focused on the effects of MNC subsidiaries' external relational embeddedness. Little attention has been given to its antecedents and especially to the potential effect that the business network context might have. We try to fill this gap and attempt to explain variation among subsidiaries' degree of relational embeddedness. Our results show a strong and robust effect of the business network context -- i.e. the network context in which the direct business relationships between the subsidiary and its partners are embedded -- on the degree of relational embeddedness. However, contrary to previous literature, we find an inverted u-shaped relationship. We discuss our findings with regard to the issue of over-embeddedness and the literature on the strength of weak versus strong ties.

Item Type: Article
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Keywords: Business networks / Environmental complexity / Network context / Subsidiary relational embeddedness
Classification Codes: JEL M00, M11, M16
Divisions: Departments > Welthandel > International Business > Nell
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Variance from Published Version: Minor
Depositing User: Kerstin Kvapil
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 11:54
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 23:10
Related URLs:
FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/66295/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/4953

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