This paper outlines a research framework on data management in the multidatabase (MDB) environment with the specific focus on the implementation of the federated database system (FDBS). We propose that (1) one essential goal of data management in MDB environment is to balance the organizational tension between empowered subunits and organizational integration and coordination; (2) the selection of FDBS development methodology depends on topologies of organizations; (3) elements of political and power balancing are much relevant to understanding resistance to FDBS implementation; and (4) the role played by middle managers of organizational subunits is two-fold. Empirical studies will be developed with a multi-method approach to investigate relationships proposed herein.