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The regional nature of Japanese multinational business

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  • Simon Collinson

    (Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)

  • Alan M Rugman

    (Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA)

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In the world's largest 500 firms, there are 64 Japanese multinational enterprises (MNEs) with data on regional sales, but only three operate globally; whereas 57 of them average over 80% of their sales and foreign assets in their home region. Why is there such a strong intra-regional dimension to their activities? Using empirical data and a new framework for analysing both downstream (sales) assets and upstream (production) assets we analyse why most large Japanese firms appear to have firm-specific advantages (FSAs) that are based in their home region. A structural contingency approach is applied to two case studies to explain how home-region-bound FSAs constrained the ability of Japanese MNEs to implement internationalisation strategies. Journal of International Business Studies (2008) 39, 215–230. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400347

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  • Simon Collinson & Alan M Rugman, 2008. "The regional nature of Japanese multinational business," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 39(2), pages 215-230, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:39:y:2008:i:2:p:215-230
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