Location choice, ownership structure and multinational performance

Gu, Jinlong, Yang, Yong and Strange, Roger (2018) Location choice, ownership structure and multinational performance. Multinational Business Review, 26 (3). pp. 250-276. ISSN 1525-383X

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Purpose – This paper seeks to link location choice and ownership structure to the debate on the multinationality-performance relationship.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper draws on a panel dataset that covers 1,321 emerging economy multinational enterprises (EMNEs) and includes 4,227 observations from 44 emerging economies between 2004 and 2013.

Findings – In our empirical results, we find that multinationality has a positive effect on EMNEs’ performance, and that this positive effect is larger for their investments in developed countries than in developing countries. We also find that this positive effect of foreign operation in developed countries switch to negative at higher levels of multinationality for privately-owned EMNEs than for state-owned EMNEs.

Originality/value – This paper provides new empirical evidence to support an institutional perspective of the internationalisation of EMNEs that are investing in developed countries, contributing to the multinationality-performance literature, highlighting the importance of FDI location decision and ownership structure.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Emerging economies, Multinationality, Location choice, Ownership structure, Firm performance
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
Depositing User: Joy Blake
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 09:47
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2019 15:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76547

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