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Special collection: "Corporate Headquarters in the 21st Century"

The corporate headquarters (CHQ) is a defining feature of all corporations and, thus, a key concern in organization and management research. Recent changes in corporations’ internal and external environments challenge extant knowledge about the CHQ and call for new research. 

The purpose of this collection is to shed new light on the design of the CHQ, especially with regard to different CHQ types, changes in the CHQ’s design, and whether and why the CHQ is necessary. Ultimately, these insights advance our understanding of the nature and functioning of corporations in the 21st century. 

Read the Call for papers, which includes more detailed information about the purpose and exemplary research questions, here.

Point of View

Dynamic attention-based view of corporate headquarters in MNCs

Tomi Laamanen 

Journal of Organization Design 2019 8:16
Published on: 21 August 2019


Extending the role of headquarters beyond the firm boundary: entrepreneurial alliance innovation

Jaeho Kim and Andy Wu 

Journal of Organization Design 2019 8:15
Published on: 14 August 2019


Dealing with headquarters in the multinational corporation: a subsidiary perspective on organizing costs

Randi Lunnan, Sverre Tomassen, Ulf Andersson, and Gabriel R. G. Benito 

Journal of Organization Design 2019 8:12
Published on: 11 June 2019

Point of View

How corporate headquarters add value in the digital age

Jan Schmitt, Benoit Decreton, and Phillip C. Nell

Journal of Organization Design 2019 8:9
Published on: 23 April 2019

Point of View

The corporate headquarters in organization design theory: an organizational economics perspective

Nicolai J. Foss

Journal of Organization Design 2019 8:8
Published on: 11 April 2019

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Headquarters as hardware and software

Kevin Sharer

Journal of Organization Design 2019 8:4
Published on: 28 February 2019

Guest Editors

Sven Kunisch, Lead Guest Editor, is Associate Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark. He has held permanent and visiting positions at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), Harvard Business School (Harvard University, USA), Saïd Business School (Oxford University, UK), and WU Vienna (Austria). His work focuses on corporate strategy, strategic change, and executive successions. 

Markus Menz is Full Professor of Strategic Management at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (University of Geneva, Switzerland). Previously he was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. He researches strategic leadership and corporate strategy with a particular focus on chief strategy officers, top management team structures, and corporate HQs. 

David J. Collis of Harvard Business School is an expert on corporate strategy and global competition. The 65+ cases he has authored have sold over 1 million copies worldwide, and his articles over a quarter of a million copies, with more than 8,000 citations.


The Journal of Organization Design is the official journal of the Organizational Design Community.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    70 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    55 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    104 days from submission to acceptance
    25 days from acceptance to publication

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