Studies how firms organize their international activities to create cross-border value creation.

There are profound developments in Norwegian firm’s international activities. For instance, in the last thirty years, Norwegian manufacturing has changed from being almost solely based in Norway to being engaged in value creating business operations around the world.

This is reflected in a sharp increase in the proportion of employees located abroad, from 9% in 1980 to 64% in 2012.  Regardless of whether the motivation to become a multinational enterprise (MNE) is tied to resource seeking, market seeking, efficiency seeking or strategic asset seeking, the process of internationalization implies that a firm has to confront a set of distinctive challenges, geographical, institutional, cultural and political. MNEs are “playing away from home” and must therefore develop managerial and organizational capabilities that enable them to leverage whatever unique strategic capabilities they possess.

The CiBiViCi program examines four key integrative capabilities:

  1. Overarching integrative capabilities involved in creating appropriate structural, organizational and psychological linkages across geographically dispersed business units
  2. Knowledge sharing capabilities to maximize synergies
  3. Global talent integration capabilities to manage human resources across locations and operations
  4. Boundary spanning capabilities to enhance cooperation across geographically dispersed value chains

Corporate partners are: Deloitte, DNB, Lærdal Medical and Telenor.