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The internationalisation strategies of Chinese firms: Lenovo and BOE


  • Xiaohui Liu
  • Trevor Buck


Theories of overseas investment and forms of internationalisation are reconsidered in the face of two exploratory, 'critical instance' case studies collected in China from Lenovo and BOE. The two cases tentatively suggest refinements to conventional OFDI theories that see internationalisation in two important MNEs from China as being driven by factors such as ownership advantages and low labour costs at overseas locations. In terms of entry modes, it would appear that latecomer multinationals from emerging economies may aim to build global strategic linkages, seek new markets and obtain advanced technology, through foreign ventures that are accelerated quickly through entry modes towards acquisitions.

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  • Xiaohui Liu & Trevor Buck, 2009. "The internationalisation strategies of Chinese firms: Lenovo and BOE," Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(2), pages 167-181.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jocebs:v:7:y:2009:i:2:p:167-181
    DOI: 10.1080/14765280902847627

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    1. Mathews, John A., 2002. "Dragon Multinational: A New Model for Global Growth," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195121469.
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    1. Fan, Di & Cui, Lin & Li, Yi & Zhu, Cherrie J., 2016. "Localized learning by emerging multinational enterprises in developed host countries: A fuzzy-set analysis of Chinese foreign direct investment in Australia," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 187-203.
    2. Valeria, Gattai & Rajssa, Mechelli & Piergiovanna, Natale, 2016. "FDI and Heterogeneous Firms: Evidence from BRIC Countries," Working Papers 322, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised 18 Jan 2016.


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