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Explaining the Location Choices of Chinese MNCs: A Contingent Approach
Lin Yuan1; Nitin Pangarkar2
Conference NameAcademy of Management 2012
Source PublicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
Conference DateAugust 3-7, 2012
Conference PlaceBoston, MA

In this paper, we examine the drivers of international location choices by Chinese multinationals. We put forward two key arguments about structural inertia forces and inter-organizational mimetic forces, which have been found to be useful predictors of location choices by prior research: that the two forces (structural inertia and inter-organizational mimicry) will substitute for each other and that the influence of these forces will be contingent on industry and firm characteristics. Under industry characteristics, we distinguish between high tech and low tech industries. Under firm characteristics, we consider the extent of internal complexity of the firm. Based on an analysis of 661 new entries by 207 Chinese firms in 66 different countries, we find strong support for our hypothesized relationships.

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Affiliation1.University of Macau
2.National University of Singapore
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Lin Yuan,Nitin Pangarkar. Explaining the Location Choices of Chinese MNCs: A Contingent Approach[C],2017.
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