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Top Management Characteristics of Foreign MNC Affiliates and Affiliate Performance in Japan : Knowledge-Based and Upper Echelon Perspectives

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  • Tomoki Sekiguchi

    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University, Japan)

  • Ralf Bebenroth

    (Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration (RIEB), Kobe University, Japan)

  • Donghao Li

    (Wakayama University, Japan)

Abstract

Drawing from the knowledge-based view of MNCs and the upper echelon perspective, we examine the relationship between top management characteristics of MNC affiliates and affiliate performance. Using a sample of 643 foreign MNC affiliates operating in Japan, we found that when the length of an affiliate operation was shorter, the affiliate performed better under the expatriate managing director rather than the Japanese manager. We also found that when the size of an affiliate was larger and the length of operation was shorter, the affiliate performed better under the larger rather than smaller proportion of expatriates in top management teams. Implications for research and practice of top management staffing of MNC foreign affiliates are discussed.

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  • Tomoki Sekiguchi & Ralf Bebenroth & Donghao Li, 2008. "Top Management Characteristics of Foreign MNC Affiliates and Affiliate Performance in Japan : Knowledge-Based and Upper Echelon Perspectives," Discussion Paper Series 214, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
  • Handle: RePEc:kob:dpaper:214
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