The Building of Country Manager's Competence and Its Use to Orchestra Subsidiary's Resources: Empirical Study of Indonesian Subsidiaries in Nigeria

So Yohanes Jimmy, Firmanzah Firmanzah, Tengku Ezni Balqiah, Albert Widjaja
(Submitted 20 October 2017)
(Published 22 April 2019)


This study employs resource orchestration model to investigate the influence of country manager’s competence on subsidiary performance in host country. Structural equation model with multisteps approach is operated using Lisrel to analyze 41 data from Indonesian business unit operating in Nigeria. This study found that country managers uses subsidiary absorptive capacity, which is formed by the combination of headquarter and local partner resources, as the dominant source of learning to develop their competence overtime. This competence does not directly influence subsidiary performance, but it is notably used to accumulate the critical assets for their subordinate business units. These assets then become valuable inputs for business units to develop or modify their operational capabilities, which directly influence the performance. One contribution of this study is providing more detail explanation of how headquarter resources invested abroad are transformed into subsidiary performance.


absorptive capacity, capability development, country manager competence, headquarter resource, resource orchestration

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DOI: 10.22146/gamaijb.29191


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