Antecedents of organizational identification in multinational corporations: Fostering psychological attachment to the local subsidiary and the global organization

  • Reade C
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Abstract

This article reports the results of an empirical case study of the antecedents of organizational identification among local managers in a mullinalional corporation (MNC), Organi/alional identitication. which refers to :m individual's psychological atlachmenl to the organization, has gained increasing attention because of its assumed link wilh behaviour associated with enhanced organizational performance. Yet liitle work has been done on what fosters organizational identification, particularly within the context of a MNC. Moreover, there is empirical evidence showing that managerial employees of MNCs draw a distinction between their ItKal subsidiary and the global organization as manifest in separate group idenlificalions. This suggests that there may be differential sets of antecedents of identification with the local subsidiary and with Ihe global organization. The results of the present sludy indicale that ihere are different sets of factors thai promote identiHcalion with Ihe local and global levels of ihe urgaiiizalion. The results further show a compleiiienlatily of causal variables; identilicalion wilh the local subsidiary is fostered primarily by factors whieh pertain to the ItKal company context, while idenlificalion with the global organization is fostered primarily by factors which pertain to Ihe MNC as a global entity.

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  • India
  • International human resource management
  • Multinational corporation
  • Organizational identification
  • Pakistan
  • Social identity theory

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  • Carol Reade

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