The Visible Hands of Hierarchy within the M-Form : An Empirical Test of Corporate Parenting of Internal Product Exchanges *

  title={The Visible Hands of Hierarchy within the M-Form : An Empirical Test of Corporate Parenting of Internal Product Exchanges *},
  author={Laura Poppo},
 In this paper, we dismiss the traditional contingency argument that corporate staff should have minimal involvement with the decisions that its divisions make, because predictability, which underlies this contingency logic, is erroneous for most large corporations at this time. We offer an alternative theory of corporate involvement for the M-form: under unpredictable environments greater interdependence of corporate staff with divisional operating decisions may be necessary to create… CONTINUE READING

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