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The Role of Context in the Globalization of Chinese Firms

Child, John and Marinova, Svetla (2013) The Role of Context in the Globalization of Chinese Firms. Discussion Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

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Abstract

This paper argues that it is crucial to take account of both home and host country contexts in order adequately to understand their implications for Chinese enterprises investing into foreign countries. This calls for an analysis that is sensitive to both home and host country contexts, and that takes into account how the institutions and political systems in those contexts establish institutional and resource capital needs for the overseas-investing firm. We discuss and illustrate three different conjunctions of Chinese and host country characteristics, and the firm-level learning and adaptation required in the light of the relevant capitals likely to be available to Chinese firms. The analysis draws upon insights from resource-based, institutional and political perspectives. While it is developed with specific reference to China, we also suggest that this form of analysis can be applied more generally to the implementation of outward foreign direct investment from any country.

Type of Work:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:35
Department:Birmingham Business School
Series/Collection Name:Birmingham Business School Discussion Paper Series
Keywords:Adaptation, China, Context, Firm, Government, Home country, Host country, Institutional capital, OFDI, Resource capital
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Copyright Status:The discussion paper is copyright of the University of Birmingham, the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by an successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this paper must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Copies of the paper may be distributed and quotations used for research and study purposes, with due attribution. However, commercial distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:The Authors and the University of Birmingham
ID Code:1771

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