Reverse diffusion in US multinationals: barriers from the American business system

Edwards, T., Almond, P., Clark, I. ORCID: 0000-0001-7698-2715, Colling, T. and Ferner, A., 2005. Reverse diffusion in US multinationals: barriers from the American business system. Journal of Management Studies, 42 (6), pp. 1261-1286. ISSN 0022-2380

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This paper addresses the issue of ‘reverse diffusion’ of employment practices in multinational companies, which is defined as the transfer of practices from foreign subsidiaries to operations in the country of origin. It adds to the literature by examining the influence of the parent business system in multinationals. Specifically, it addresses how the dominant institutions and established organizational structures and practices in the home country affect the extent and impact of reverse diffusion of employment practices. Drawing on fresh evidence from American‐owned multinationals in the UK we argue that there is considerable potential for reverse diffusion to occur among this group of firms. However, we highlight a number of barriers to reverse diffusion that the American business system presents, demonstrating that these constrain both the prevalence and the impact of it in practice.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Management Studies
Creators: Edwards, T., Almond, P., Clark, I., Colling, T. and Ferner, A.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: September 2005
Volume: 42
Number: 6
ISSN: 0022-2380
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 19 Nov 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2018 10:30

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