A Blessing and a Curse: Institutional Embeddedness of Longstanding MNE Subsidiaries in Emerging Markets. By: Röell, Christiaan; Arndt, Felix and Kumar, Vikas. 2024. Journal of Management Studies (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). Vol. 61 Issue 2, p561-594.

This article examines the institutional strategies of multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating in an emerging market, drawing attention to how longstanding foreign subsidiaries proactively negotiate their involvement with socio‐political actors. We build on institutional logics to explain how MNE subsidiaries develop sustained political, cultural, and cognitive embeddedness. Using an inductive, interpretive study of four century‐old Dutch MNE subsidiaries with a colonial legacy in Indonesia, we examine thesethree dimensions of the institutional environment, finding that local employees embedded in both the MNE and the host country sets of logics ‒ rather than expatriate managers ‒ most effectively facilitated sustained institutional embeddedness. Our findings also suggest that embedding practices in host institutional contexts and developing structures that align with host institutional expectations provided a platform for the unfolding of institutional strategies by local employees. However, MNE subsidiaries facecontrasting logics between home and host country institutions, placing significant strains on MNEs’ ability to enact change.