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Product differentiation, external economies and MNE location choices: M&As in Global Cities

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  • Lilach Nachum

    (Baruch College, City University New York, New York, NY, USA)

  • Cliff Wymbs

    (Baruch College, City University New York, New York, NY, USA)

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Recent research has addressed the heterogeneity among MNEs in terms of their tendency to agglomerate. In this paper, we extend the scope of the firm-specific attributes considered to affect this agglomeration tendency by examining product differentiation. We find significant association between product differentiation and the preferences of firms for proximity to other firms in their industry. These findings imply that the value of agglomeration varies for firms pursuing different product differentiation strategies. We propose a conceptualization of product and location differentiations as two related dimensions of MNEs’ strategy. Journal of International Business Studies (2005) 36, 415–434. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400151

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  • Lilach Nachum & Cliff Wymbs, 2005. "Product differentiation, external economies and MNE location choices: M&As in Global Cities," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 36(4), pages 415-434, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:36:y:2005:i:4:p:415-434
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