Organising for International Operations

  • Derek F. Channon
  • Michael Jalland


For the management of the multinational enterprise the choice of organisation structure to adopt which is best suited to implement the firm’s chosen strategy is a key decision. This choice also largely determines the form of the planning, information and control systems to be used. In reality organisation structure tends to evolve, with events placing strain upon an existing structure, leading to the development of informal processes and communication networks to enable managers to carry out their work. These are tolerated until they become so serious that a major rationalisation of the formal structure is undertaken which tends to legitimise the trends that have emerged informally.


Chief Executive Officer Parent Company International Operation International Division Product Division 
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© Derek F. Channon with Michael Jalland, Manchester Business School 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Derek F. Channon
    • 1
  • Michael Jalland
    • 1
  1. 1.Manchester Business SchoolUK

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