From supplier to center of excellence and beyond: The network position development of a business unit within “IKEA Industry”
Enrico Baraldi , Milena Ratajczak-Mrozek
AbstractThis study aims to develop a more dynamic and relational view of centers of excellence (CoE) within multinational enterprises (MNEs), that is, business units with specific and highly valuable competencies and knowledge, which are transferred and leveraged by other units of the MNE. We employ a longitudinal case study to analyze how, between 1986 and 2014, an external supplier progressively became a CoE within IKEA and even improved this role, thereby becoming increasingly important for the MNE. Particularly, we develop a model linking internal (resources, competencies, and structure) and external factors (exchange volumes, interorganizational routines, mutual dependence, trust and commitment, and identities) with changed network positions, which, in turn, define the intensity and importance of a CoE's role. Thus, the elements required to establish a CoE may not originate from the MNE's core competencies, but may be extracted, recombined, and integrated externally from the MNE's global supply network.
|Journal series||Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, e-ISSN 1873-7978, (N/A 140 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.7|
|Keywords in Polish||centrum doskonałości, IKEA, biznes międzynarodowy, korporacja międzynarodowa, pozycja w sieci, Polska, sieci biznesowe|
|Keywords in English||Center of excellence, IKEA, International business, Multinational enterprise, Network position, Poland|
|Score||= 140.0, 09-03-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 0; : 2018 = 1.92; : 2017 = 2.509 (2) - 2017=3.689 (5)|
|Citation count*||3 (2020-07-06)|
|Uwagi||Numer czasopisma: In progress (July 2019). This issue is in progress but contains articles that are final and fully citable.|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.