Quotation Schmitt, Jan. 2020. The CEO Effect in HQ Relocation Decisions: A Microfoundational Perspective. Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Online, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 26.10.-30.10.




In this paper, I investigate which role chief executive officers (CEOs) take in cross-border headquarters (HQ) relocations. Building on extant literature on HQ relocations and on anecdotal evidence from qualitative insights, I argue that CEOs represent a driving force in HQ relocation decisions. Using arguments primarily from upper echelons theory, I theorize how CEO (outside) succession and CEO characteristics affect a firm’s propensity to relocate its HQ. I test the hypotheses with a hand-collected multi-country panel dataset of 157 corporate HQ relocations in Europe in the period between 2000 and 2019. I aim at contributing to research on the antecedents of HQ relocations, on the importance of microfoundations in global strategy, and on the impact of individual managers on the organizational structure of firms.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title The CEO Effect in HQ Relocation Decisions: A Microfoundational Perspective
Event Strategic Management Society Annual Conference
Year 2020
Date 26.10.-30.10.
Country United States/USA
Location Online


Schmitt, Jan (Details)
Institute for International Business (Nell) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
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