Empirical research reveals that relocations of corporate centres are most times confined to national borders. Until now, cross-border relocations are almost absent in the European Union, while in the United States relocations across State borders appear to be common. To contribute to a managerial understanding of these phenomena, we propose a conceptual framework of the determinants of the corporate centre location. Based on our analysis, we predict the stickiness of corporate centres of European Union-based corporations will diminish due to the European Union integration process and in particular triggered by the expected EU legislation regarding the removal of legal barriers against corporate mobility.

corporate centres, corporate mobility, multibusiness corporations, multinational corporations
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2004.01.015, hdl.handle.net/1765/10961
ERIM Article Series (EAS)
European Management Journal
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Baaij, M.G, van den Bosch, F.A.J, & Volberda, H.W. (2004). The international relocation of corporate centres. European Management Journal, 22(2), 141–149. doi:10.1016/j.emj.2004.01.015