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The Determinants of Global Integration Strategies of Chinese Multinationals—Some Empirical Evidence


  • Bersant Hobdari

    (Bersant Hobdari is at the Department of International Economics and Man-agement, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. E-mail:

  • Evis Sinani

    (Evis Sinani is at the Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. E-mail:

  • Marina Papanastassiou

    (Marina Papanastassiou is at the Centre for Strategic Management and Global-isation, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. E-mail:

  • Robert Pearce

    (Robert Pearce, University of Reading, UK. E-mail:


The main purpose of this research is to understand the determinants of global integration strategies of Chinese Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). In this article, we identify four expansion strategies for Chinese MNEs, that is, horizontal, vertical, lateral and risk diversification and we investigate a series of location and firm-level factors that determine the adoption of each strategy. We present empirical evidence based on data from the 2008 Spring edition of the Lexis Nexis Corporate Affiliates Directory. Our results indicate that Chinese MNEs expand internationally through a grid of strategic choices which is diversified geographically and industrially.

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  • Bersant Hobdari & Evis Sinani & Marina Papanastassiou & Robert Pearce, 2010. "The Determinants of Global Integration Strategies of Chinese Multinationals—Some Empirical Evidence," Review of Market Integration, India Development Foundation, vol. 2(1), pages 61-86, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:revmar:v:2:y:2010:i:1:p:61-86

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