The complementarity of human capital and language capital in foreign direct investment

Konara, Palitha and Wei, Yingqi (2019) The complementarity of human capital and language capital in foreign direct investment. International Business Review, 28 (2). pp. 391-404. ISSN 0969-5931

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Abstract

Integrating the literature on language-MNEs (multinational enterprises) in international business and economic theory of human capital (HC), we establish an analytical framework to systematically examine how HC and language capital (LC) jointly determine foreign direct investment (FDI). We contend that the extent to which MNEs can leverage HC in a host country for FDI depends on LC. Based on an extensive bilateral dataset covering 3315 country pairs during 1995–2008, we reveal clear evidence on the moderating role played by LC in HC-FDI relationship and such evidence is robust to different measures used for different variables, the inclusion of more control variables and different samples.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Strategy and Marketing
Research Centres and Groups: International Business
Depositing User: Palitha Konara
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 12:19
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 11:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/82006

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