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Another Look at the Case for International Diversification


  • Mark J Purdy
  • Kuangyi Wei


In an era of sluggish domestic growth, the business spotlight is once again turning to international diversification as a means to harness global growth opportunities and production efficiencies. However, the current empirical literature provides an inconsistent view of the effects of international diversification on business performance. We employ a panel-data analysis of the international revenues and assets of the 2011 Fortune Global 500 companies and examine their performance over the past 15 years. We find that the overall contribution of diversification to revenue growth, profitability and return on capital has been positive. However, the specific shape and timing of the impact can be complex. Accordingly, businesses need to be aware of the turning points for organizational gain as well as loss.

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  • Mark J Purdy & Kuangyi Wei, 2014. "Another Look at the Case for International Diversification," Business Economics, Palgrave Macmillan;National Association for Business Economics, vol. 49(2), pages 104-113, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:buseco:v:49:y:2014:i:2:p:104-113

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