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A Balancing-Process Approach to Firm Internationalization

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  • Kim, Min-Young

    (University of Illinois)

  • Mahoney, Joseph T.

    (University of Illinois)

  • Tan, Danchi

    (National Chengchi University)

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    Drawing on the resource-based view of the firm, this paper develops a balancing-process approach to explain the motivations and location choices of foreign direct investment (FDI). In this approach, FDI is viewed as a means to balance a firm's portfolio of resources and capabilities through utilizing foreign strategic factor markets with the ultimate goal of achieving growth and sustainable competitive advantage. This approach joins exploitative and explorative FDI in a single framework and helps explain why a firm can conduct both types of FDI simultaneously.

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    Paper provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business in its series Working Papers with number 10-0104.

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    Date of creation: 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:ecl:illbus:10-0104

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