Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Large Enterprise Branches: the Case of the Czech Republic
Issue: Vol. 8, No 4, 2015
Published date: 20-12-2015 (print) / 20-12-2015 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Jan Suchacek
Keywords: location factors, first-tier affiliates, organizational structures, Czech Republic, cluster analysis
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2015/8-4/6
Index PUBMS: 2307d95e-aa13-11e7-8eae-080027f4daa0
Language: English
Pages: 82-93 (12)
JEL classification: R10, R30, R39, L10, L20, L29

Importance of largest enterprises is steadily augmenting. In contrast to small- and middle-sized firms, their large counterparts influence individual territorial economies with much higher intensity. The Czech Republic, which represents an object of the article, is acountry, where big companies traditionally played a relevant role. While headquarters of large enterprises have been subject to several solid analyses, an attention devoted to their first-tier affiliates is far from sufficient. In order to find meaningful similarities among location factors of first- tier affiliates of one hundred largest enterprises in the country, cluster analysis proved to be useful. Generally, attitudes of managements responsible for the location of first-tier affiliates turned out to be driven largely by pragmatism as a strategy to succeed in contemporary turbulent socioeconomic environment. The paper contributes to filling mainly in informational gaps.