Cross-case analyses and discussion
Following the detailed case descriptions and within-case analyses in the previous part of the study the initial section of this chapter is designed to compare individual case patterns across all eleven cases of subsidiary internationalization processes. The aim of such cross-case analysis (Miles & Huberman, 1994) is to come up with robust patterns of cross-border subsidiary responsibilities and associated mandate development paths. The main challenge is thereby not only to come up with case similarities and differences but to also shed light on the question on why some incidents replicate each other whilst others unfold in a particular and deviant form. In doing so, the investigator strongly relied on the advice of Eisenhardt (1989b: 540) “to select categories and dimensions, and then to look for within-group similarities coupled with intergroup differences”.