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


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


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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  • Majcen, Boris & Radosevic, Slavo & Rojec, Matija, 2009. "Nature and determinants of productivity growth of foreign subsidiaries in Central and East European countries," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 168-184, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecosys:v:33:y:2009:i:2:p:168-184

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    1. Byungmo Kim, 2011. "Do Foreign Investors Encourage Value-Enhancing Corporate Risk Taking?," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(3), pages 88-110, May.
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