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Introduction

  • Marlena Dzikowska
Chapter

Abstract

The chapter constitutes an introduction to the book focusing on functional responsibilities of the subsidiary within the value network of multinational enterprises. It sets the background to the studied research area and presents its importance to researchers, business practitioners, and policymakers. The importance of functional specialization and discrepancies in the functional responsibilities of subsidiaries has been visible in international management and international business literature for over 35 years. Nonetheless, for years the functional responsibilities of subsidiaries were positioned as a side topic to other aspects of multinational enterprises’ operations, with no uniform approach to studying the issue, except for acknowledging the existence of different value chain functions. The chapter explains the importance of applying a more structured approach to subsidiaries’ functional responsibilities within the multinational enterprise’s value network.

Keywords

Functional responsibilities Value chain Functional specialization Evolution of subsidiaries MNE 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marlena Dzikowska
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  1. 1.Department of International CompetitivenessPoznań University of Economics and BusinessPoznańPoland

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