Organizational Practice Transfer within a Transnational Professional Service Firm: The Role of Leadership and Control

Publikation: Arbeits- oder Diskussionspapiere und BerichteArbeits- oder Diskussionspapiere


Most cross-border organizational practice transfer involves implementation challenges, yet key literature in this field largely overlooks the mediating role of the transfer coalition, which serves as a ‘bridge’ between headquarters (HQ) and subsidiaries in transferring an organizational practice. By exploring an in-depth case study of a top-tier professional service firm, this study contributes to the literature on cross-border HRM practice transfer. We show that the transfer coalition displayed activities that translated into two separate managerial roles – transfer leadership and control – that were practiced with quite different levels of commitment by different members and impacted
the successful management of the transfer process. We propose two distinctive
transfer coalition archetypes – the entrepreneurial and the ceremonial type – where the leadership and control roles were practiced quite differently and reached different levels of organizational practice adoption. Furthermore, we suggest practical implications for HR professionals in order to improve global leadership and control competence.
VerlagOtto Group Lehrstuhl für Strategisches Management an der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Anzahl der Seiten39
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 20.04.2015