The Language Barrier and its Implications for HQ-Subsidiary Relationships

  title={The Language Barrier and its Implications for HQ-Subsidiary Relationships},
  author={Alan J Feely and Anne-Wil},
  • Alan J Feely, Anne-Wil
  • Published 2004
With this paper we intend to open up the debate on the influence of language on the way multinational companies (MNCs) manage their subsidiary operations. We explain the importance of the field and expose a dearth of prior research. Subsequently, we define the “language barrier” and elaborate on the causes underlying this barrier, drawing on social identity theory. We then propose an integrative model that consists of two coupled vicious cycles: the communications cycle – composed of the eight… CONTINUE READING
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