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Firm-specific advantages, inward FDI origins, and performance of multinational enterprises

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  • Lee, In Hyeock
  • Rugman, Alan M.

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Using original data on large Korean multinational enterprises (MNEs), this paper examines the impact that their firm-specific advantages (FSAs) have on performance as and when they receive inward direct investment from foreign countries. Two types of FSAs are examined: innovation capabilities measured by research and development (R&D) intensity and marketing capabilities measured by selling, general, and administrative (SGA) intensity. It is found that both FSAs affect diverse MNE performance in a non-linear U-shaped fashion, and that the home region origin of the inward foreign direct investment (FDI) moderates the curvilinear relationship between the two constructs into an inverted U-shaped one.

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  • Lee, In Hyeock & Rugman, Alan M., 2012. "Firm-specific advantages, inward FDI origins, and performance of multinational enterprises," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 132-146.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:intman:v:18:y:2012:i:2:p:132-146
    DOI: 10.1016/j.intman.2011.11.001
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