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Organizational slack and firm's internationalization: A longitudinal study of high-technology firms

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  • Lin, Wen-Ting
  • Cheng, Kuei-Yang
  • Liu, Yunshi

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We employ both organization theory and economic theory for exploring how the effects of high-discretion organizational slack and low-discretion organizational slack impact the degree of firm's internationalization. We tested hypotheses using longitudinal data (2000-2005) from 179 high-technology publicly listed companies in Taiwan. The results indicate a U-shaped relationship exists between high-discretion organizational slack and the internationalization of firms. In contrast, low-discretion organizational slack presents a positive linear relationship with the internationalization of firms.

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  • Lin, Wen-Ting & Cheng, Kuei-Yang & Liu, Yunshi, 2009. "Organizational slack and firm's internationalization: A longitudinal study of high-technology firms," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 44(4), pages 397-406, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:44:y:2009:i:4:p:397-406
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