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The impact of micro-politics and resource dependencies on decision making in MNC's : looking into the future : results of a Delphi study

Schippmann, C. (2015) The impact of micro-politics and resource dependencies on decision making in MNC's : looking into the future : results of a Delphi study.

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Abstract:Drawing on the ideas of micro-politics and resource dependence theory, this study aimed to identify potential future developments regarding the voice of subsidiaries in the decision making in MNC’s, and in the specific case of e-HRM adoption. It did so by utilizing the Delphi method. Over three rounds, HR practitioners were involved in a structured group communication process about the topic and potential implications between 2015 and 2020. Findings indicate that intra organizational resource dependencies and micro-politics might change due to forecasted developments. Structural issues as well as local embeddedness might partly increase and partly decrease the subsidiary’s power to influence decisions. Additionally, the subsidiaries negotiation capabilities are believed to decrease, mostly due to opportunistic behavior of executives. Summarized, a mostly negative trend with regard to the voice from the subsidiary’s point of view is expected. However, regarding the impact on the decision making in the case of e-HRM adoption in MNC’s, changes are barely expected to occur at all. It became obvious that this kind of decision will very likely remain in the hands of the headquarters and that (changes in) resource dependencies and micro-politics have almost no impact.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67973
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