The Evolution of Research on Coordination Mechanisms in Multinational Corporations

Jon I. Martinez, J. Carlos Jarillo

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The mechanisms of coordination used by Multinational Corporations (MNCs) are studied, through an exhaustive literature review. A pattern of evolution is found: as time has passed, researchers have concentrated more on subtler and informal mechanisms, abandoning their unidimensional focus on structural issues. It is suggested that the increase in the study of those mechanisms may be due, among other reasons, to the fact that MNCs are indeed making more use of them. That could be explained by changes in the international competitive environment, which force firms to adjust their strategies, requiring ever more multidimensional coordination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-514
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 1989
Externally publishedYes

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© 1989, Academy of International Business.


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