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Subsidiary expansion/contraction during times of economic crisis

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  • Chris Changwha Chung

    (Korea University Business School, Seoul, Korea)

  • Seung-Hyun Lee

    (School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, USA)

  • Paul W Beamish

    (Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada)

  • Takehiko Isobe

    (Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University, Yokohama, Japan)

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    This paper compares two real options – within-country growth and across-country operational flexibility – to examine subsidiary expansion/contraction during times of economic crisis. Specifically, we examine how the real options orientations of individual subsidiaries interact with the general characteristics of multinational enterprise networks. Our main findings are that: (a) economic crises can be detrimental for subsidiaries with stronger within-country orientations, and advantageous for those with stronger across-country orientations; and (b) network characteristics are not the sole determinants of subsidiary expansion/contraction – what really matters is how the real options orientations of individual subsidiaries mesh with the overall characteristics of the network they belong to.

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    Volume (Year): 41 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (April)
    Pages: 500-516

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    1. Chung, Chris Changwha & Lee, Seung-Hyun & Beamish, Paul W. & Southam, Colette & Nam, Daeil (Dale), 2013. "Pitting real options theory against risk diversification theory: International diversification and joint ownership control in economic crisis," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 122-136.
    2. Jesús F. Lampón & Pablo Cabanelas-Lorenzo & Santiago Lago-Peñas, 2013. "Why firms relocate their production overseas? The answer lies inside: corporate, logistic and technological determinants," Working Papers 2013/3, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
    3. Dikova, Desislava & Smeets, Roger & Garretsen, Harry & Van Ees, Hans, 2013. "Immediate responses to financial crises: A focus on US MNE subsidiaries," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 202-215.
    4. Yi Jiang & Mike Peng, 2011. "Principal-principal conflicts during crisis," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 28(4), pages 683-695, December.
    5. Xiao, Simon Shufeng & Jeong, Insik & Moon, Jon Jungbien & Chung, Chris Changwha & Chung, Jaiho, 2013. "Internationalization and Performance of Firms in China: Moderating Effects of Governance Structure and the Degree of Centralized Control," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 118-137.

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