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Multinational subsidiary sales and performance in South East Asia

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  • Nguyen, Quyen T.K.
  • Rugman, Alan M.

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We extend the theory of the multinational enterprise (MNE) by exploring the concept of subsidiary-specific advantages (SSAs) as a driver for subsidiary performance. We investigate the relationship of host country-specific advantages (host CSAs) in the form of market attractiveness, SSAs and subsidiary sales as they affect subsidiary performance. From an original primary dataset of 101 British multinational (MNE) subsidiaries in six South East Asian countries, our analysis reveals three significant findings. First, host market attractiveness has a statistically positive impact on the performance of subsidiaries. Second, the three traditional SSAs of general management, marketing capabilities and invested capital enhance subsidiary performance. Third, we examine geographic direction and types of customers for subsidiary sales by following international accounting standards. We find that these subsidiaries generate on average 95 percent of total sales from the Asia Pacific region and 91 percent of total sales from external customers. Our findings have important research and managerial implications.

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  • Nguyen, Quyen T.K. & Rugman, Alan M., 2015. "Multinational subsidiary sales and performance in South East Asia," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 115-123.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:iburev:v:24:y:2015:i:1:p:115-123
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2014.07.001
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