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Managerial Discretion and Performance in China: Towards Resolving the Discretion Puzzle for Chinese Companies and Multinationals

Managerial Discretion and Performance in China: Towards Resolving the Discretion Puzzle for Chinese Companies and Multinationals (Hardback)

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â The theoretical and empirical literature to date has fallen short of reaching a consensus as to whether granting more managerial discretion to managers tends to enhance, not alter or diminish organizational performance (the discretion puzzle). This book aims to build a bridge between these contradictory results by synthesising principal-agent theory, stewardship theory, and managerial discretion theory into a new empirically-validated model. Using a representative sample of 'double-blind' interviews with managers of 467 firms in China and applying partial least squares path modelling (PLS), the study identifies a potential cause of the discretion puzzle: the failure of the extant literature to account for granularity in the way that managers use their discretion. This generates far-reaching implications for theoretical and empirical research as well as practical recommendations for managing managers in multinationals and Chinese companies.

BusinessBusiness & managementBusiness strategyBusinessBusiness & managementManagement & management techniquesManagement of specific areas & peopleBusinessBusiness & managementOrganizational theory & behaviourBusinessBusiness & managementSales & marketingMarket research Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG Publication Date: 18/04/2013 ISBN-13: 9783642358364  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr. Hagen Wulferth is a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in China. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, his main expertise and research interests are strategic management and key success factors of multinationals and Chinese companies. Dr. Wulferth studied economics and management on a scholarship from the University of Oxford, where he won numerous awards and prizes.

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