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Nature and determinants of productivity growth of foreign subsidiaries in Central and East European countries

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  • Majcen, Boris
  • Radosevic, Slavo
  • Rojec, Matija

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The paper examines the determinants of productivity growth in foreign manufacturing subsidiaries in five Central and East European (CEE) countries by analysing patterns of control, nature of firms' capabilities and firms' market orientations. Building on the so-called 'subsidiary development' perspective, we show that productivity growth is determined jointly by corporate governance, production capability and market orientation variables. Within a dominantly production-oriented mandate, CEE subsidiaries have a relatively high level of autonomy in the control of their business functions. Majority foreign equity shareholding has a significant and positive impact on subsidiaries' productivity growth. Our results show strong regional characteristics.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Systems.

Volume (Year): 33 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 168-184

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecosys:v:33:y:2009:i:2:p:168-184

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Keywords: Foreign subsidiaries Productivity Central and Eastern Europe;

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  1. Kravtsova, Victoria & Radosevic, Slavo, 2012. "Are systems of innovation in Eastern Europe efficient?," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 109-126.

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