Parenting Strategies and Corporate Development Parenting

Parenting Strategies and Corporate Development
Parenting strategies are aimed at creating a competitive advantage through the concrete design of the
relationship between a corporate centre and its subsidiaries within a multidivisional firm. While single
business units can be awarded with a direct contribution to the firm’s value added, the corporate
parent is often said to destroy value by causing additional administrative and overhead costs or
slowing down decision making processes. As organizational structures gain in complexity, a corporate
parent’s role in terms of coordinating corporate resources and activities becomes even more
demanding. The dominant parenting roles being discussed in the literature range from basic
governance tasks like legal support functions to more intense value-adding roles focusing on synergies
and the co-operative production of corporate resources.
Against this background, the following research areas are of particular interest, which can be adjusted
according to bachelor’s or master’s degree:
- Identification of ideal types concerning the relationship between the corporate centre and its
subsidiaries on the basis of case studies
- Deduction of particular contingency factors affecting different parenting strategies
- Analysis of the corporate parent’s role with respect to the innovative and developmental capacities
within the single business units
Contact: Monika Lesner/ [email protected]
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