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Distant or Close? Proximity as Driver of Managerial Collaboration in Multinational Companies

Prof. Dr. Olaf Rank
Business Administration
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Distant or Close? Proximity as Driver of Managerial Collaboration in Multinational Companies
When Nov 14, 2016
from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminar Room
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Contact Phone +49 (0)761 203-97362
Attendees universitätsöffentlich / open to university members
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In this study, I test the relative importance of two types of proximity predicting interpersonal collaboration among senior managers in MNCs: geographic proximity and social proximity. While it has been shown that each type of proximity separately has positive effects on managerial collaboration, it is largely unclear whether spatial distance or similarity in managers’ attitudes is more important with respect to building and maintaining collaborative relationships. Within a case study design, data have been gathered on the collaborative ties among 187 senior managers of a German high-tech MNC. Applying a class of exponential random graph models (ERMGs), the results clearly reveal the high importance of geographic proximity, whereas they only offer limited support for a positive effect of social proximity on managerial collaboration.