Cultures and institutions: dispositional and contextual explanations for country-of-origin effects in MNC 'ethnocentric' staffing practices

Lee, Hyun-Jung, Yoshikawa, Katsuhiko ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5430-1763 and Harzing, Anne-Wil ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1509-3003 (2021) Cultures and institutions: dispositional and contextual explanations for country-of-origin effects in MNC 'ethnocentric' staffing practices. Organization Studies . ISSN 0170-8406 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1177/01708406211006247)

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Abstract

Although the country-of-origin effect on staffing practices of multinational corporations (MNCs) is well-known, its underlying mechanisms are under-theorized. Drawing on the cross-cultural management and comparative institutionalism literatures, we propose an overarching, theory-based framework with two mechanisms, dispositional and contextual, that might explain country-of-origin effects in MNCs’ use of parent-country nationals (PCNs) in their foreign subsidiaries’ top management teams. The tendency of MNCs from some home countries to staff these positions with PCNs is typically labeled as “ethnocentric”, a word imbued with negative intentions referring mainly to the dispositional rationale behind this staffing choice. However, fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) of staffing practices of MNCs from ten home countries shows that both mechanisms – dispositional and contextual – have considerable explanatory power. Our methodological approach enables us to analyze conceptually distinct, yet empirically intertwined, societal-level explanations as a pattern, and thus offers a viable solution to integrate different perspectives in international and comparative research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Management of Technology and Innovation, Strategy and Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International and Cross-cultural Management group
Item ID: 32922
Notes on copyright: Lee H-J, Yoshikawa K, Harzing A-W. Cultures and Institutions: Dispositional and contextual explanations for country-of-origin effects in MNC ‘ethnocentric’ staffing practices. Organization Studies. April 2021. (Journal Volume Number and Issue Number) pp. xx-xx. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/01708406211006247
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Depositing User: Anne-Wil Harzing
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2021 14:47
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 03:55
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32922

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