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Effects of firm resources on growth in multinationality


  • Chiung-Hui Tseng

    (Institute of International Business, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, R.O.C.)

  • Patriya Tansuhaj

    (International Business Institute, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA)

  • William Hallagan

    (School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA)

  • James McCullough

    (School of Business and Leadership, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA)


Multinationality refers to the extent to which firms' business activities span across national borders. Moving beyond prior emphasis on the consequences of multinational expansion, this study sheds light on the antecedents by analyzing how firm resources influence changes in multinationality. Building on the resource-based view of the firm, we propose a framework that consists of resource determinants in two categories: knowledge-based and property-based resources. Empirical results obtained from a sample of publicly held US manufacturing companies show that knowledge-based resources generate faster and longer-lasting influences on international growth than property-based resources. Specifically, resources related to technological and marketing knowledge, and property-based resources related to organizational slack and internally generated profits, are found to be significant driving forces behind growth in multinationality. This study not only advances our understanding of the antecedents of multinational expansion, but also provides implications and avenues for future research. Journal of International Business Studies (2007) 38, 961–974. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400305

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  • Chiung-Hui Tseng & Patriya Tansuhaj & William Hallagan & James McCullough, 2007. "Effects of firm resources on growth in multinationality," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 38(6), pages 961-974, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:38:y:2007:i:6:p:961-974

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