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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. 


Corporate headquarters in the twenty-first century: an organization design perspective
Sven Kunisch, Markus Menz, and David Collis

Journal of Organization Design 2020 9:22
Published on: 5 November 2020


Disaggregating the headquarters: implications for overseas R&D subsidiaries’ reporting and the subsidiaries’ knowledge-sharing patterns
Kazuhiro Asakawa

Journal of Organization Design 2020 9:19
Published on: 8 September 2020


Reflections on the design of corporate headquarters
Andrew Campbell

Journal of Organization Design 2020 9:15
Published on: 22 July 2020

Case Study

Transforming corporate headquarters: a case study of a collaborative journey

Stephanie Chasserio and Sophie Botte 

Journal of Organization Design 2020 9:9
Published on: 22 April 2020


Headquarter research allocation strategies and subsidiary competitive or cooperative behavior: achieving a fit for value creation

Henrik Dellestrand, Philip Kappen, and Olof Lindahl

Journal of Organization Design 2020 9:6
Published on: 3 April 2020

Point of View

The tyranny of the head office? Revisiting corporate headquarters’ (CHQs) role in MNE subsidiary initiatives

Alain Verbeke and Wenlong Yuan 

Journal of Organization Design 2020 9:2
Published on: 28 January 2020


Setting the stage for corporate headquarters: a technological explanation for the rise of modern industrial corporations

Carliss Y. Baldwin

Journal of Organization Design 2019 8:19
Published on: 23 October 2019

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


Headquarters as hardware and software

Kevin Sharer

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

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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.