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Brexit, the mediation strategies of foreign corporate subsidiaries and regional resilience

Fuller, Crispian ORCID: 2022. Brexit, the mediation strategies of foreign corporate subsidiaries and regional resilience. Regional Studies 56 (11) , pp. 1961-1975. 10.1080/00343404.2021.2019213

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The period leading up to Brexit in the UK has led to foreign corporate subsidiaries having to mediate uncertainties and upheaval, forming part of broader regional resilience tendencies. The roles of subsidiaries, their corporate contexts, global production network positions and regional coupling are all heterogeneous, meaning that responses are likely to be disparate. Utilizing ‘dynamic managerial capabilities’ and subsidiary competences perspectives, this paper examines how subsidiaries have mediated Brexit and why certain actions are taken, and which is co-constituted with regional resilience. Twenty foreign subsidiaries within manufacturing sectors in the West Midlands and Wales are examined. In conclusion, the paper finds that Brexit mediation strategies have generally focused on seeking stasis through worst-case no-deal planning and preserving existing supply chains, indicating the dominance of ‘adaptation’ forms of regional resilience.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0034-3404
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 December 2021
Date of Acceptance: 3 December 2021
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2023 17:33

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