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Korea's multinationals in a regional world

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  • Rugman, Alan M.
  • Oh, Chang Hoon

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Basic theory suggests that multinational enterprises (MNEs) succeed when they develop firm-specific advantages (FSAs). In Korea, large MNEs, mostly chaebols, have built successful knowledge based FSAs. They are also utilizing scale economies based on Korea's country-specific advantages (CSAs) in skilled labor and a supporting government. In the empirical work, we find that the Korean MNEs use their FSAs to operate mainly on a home region basis, much like the world's other large MNEs.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of World Business.

Volume (Year): 43 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 5-15

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  1. Lee, Sang-Myung & Ungson, Gerardo R., 2008. "Towards a theory of synchronous technological assimilation: The case of Korea's Internet economy," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 43(3), pages 274-289, July.
  2. Fastoso, Fernando & Whitelock, Jeryl, 2010. "Regionalization vs. globalization in advertising research: Insights from five decades of academic study," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 32-42, March.
  3. Rugman, Alan M. & Oh, Chang Hoon, 2010. "Does the regional nature of multinationals affect the multinationality and performance relationship?," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 19(5), pages 479-488, October.
  4. Eng, Teck-Yong & Spickett-Jones, J. Graham, 2009. "An investigation of marketing capabilities and upgrading performance of manufacturers in mainland China and Hong Kong," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 44(4), pages 463-475, October.

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