Engaged learning of emerging multinationals: a fuzzy-set analysis of Chinese firms in the European Union

Chen, Liang, Li, Yi and Fan, Di (2016) Engaged learning of emerging multinationals: a fuzzy-set analysis of Chinese firms in the European Union. In: Academy of International Business Annual Meeting 2016, 27-30 Jun 2016, New Orleans.

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Abstract

Emerging multinationals’ (EMNEs) accelerated internationalization has challenged conventional international business theories. The recent growth of Chinese outward foreign direct investment in the European Union (EU) poses particular question about the asset-exploitation-based theory of FDI. This study draws upon the “Linkage-Leverage-Learning” (LLL) framework to show how this rising phenomenon may offer opportunities for researchers to refine the alternative FDI theory. We follow a set-theoretic approach, utilizing the technique of fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) to examine the patterns of EMNEs’ engaged learning behaviour. We contribute to the literature by discovering a typology of Chinese firms – Regional Leader, Prospect Seeker and State Visioner – that are equally engaged in foreign knowledge sourcing. Also our findings guide further development of LLL by proposing alternative pathways to international learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Liang Chen
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 10:10
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 12:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63175

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