Where do MNEs locate their headquarters? At home!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 - Gabriel R. G. Benito


We discuss the concept of corporate headquarters and outline a simple model of where MNEs locate their corporate headquarters. In line with substantial empirical evidence, this model emphasizes the inertial forces that tie MNEs to the location where they have historically first been established. We then aggregate our analysis to the national level to identify the determinants of the number of MNE headquarters in a given country. On that basis, we offer a critique of the study by Coeurderoy and Verbeke [this issue], and outline directions for future research.

Meyer, Klaus E. and Gabriel R.G. Benito. 2016. "Where do MNEs locate their headquarters? At home!” Global Strategy Journal, 6(2):149-159

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