Where to Seek Strategic Assets for Competitive Catch-up? A configurational study of emerging multinational enterprises expanding into foreign strategic factor markets

Lin Cui, Di Fan, Xiaohui Liu, Yi Li

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Abstract

Emerging multinational enterprises (EMNEs) often engage in strategic - asset - seeking foreign direct investment (FDI) for competitive catch - up . This study explores the linkages between an EMNE ' s competitive scenario consisting of a configuration of its awareness - motivation - capability (AMC) conditions and the comparative institutional advantages of its strategic - asset - seeking destination . Our configurational analyses of Chinese FDIs in the technology - intensive industries of OECD countries reveal a taxonomy of four distinct asset - seeking strategies of EMNEs . Our findings shed novel insights into the strategic variations within EMNEs based on a theoretically and methodologically extended AMC framework . This study also extends the varieties of capitalism literature by addressing the implications of comparative institutional advantages for foreign entrants , rather than domestic incumbent firms .
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1059-1083
Number of pages25
JournalOrganization Studies
Volume38
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

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