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A Bibliography of Japanese Foreign Direct Investment Publications using data from Toyo Keizai's Kaigai Shinshutsu Kigyou Souran (Japanese Overseas Investment) by Faculty, Ph.D. Program Graduates and Candidates of the Ivey Business School at Western University

As of October 28, 2022

The Ivey Business School has had a major stream of research about Japanese Foreign Direct Investment since 1994. Its faculty and Ph.D. Program Graduates (and Candidates) have authored 182 publications: 161 articles, 2 books, and 19 contributed chapters, using the TK (Toyo Keizai) data, with many more in process or review. Details follow regarding the published works. In addition, the TK data has been used as a primary data source for 31 PhD dissertations.

Articles (161)

Anand, Jaideep and Andrew Delios. 1997. Location specificity and the transferability of downstream assets to foreign subsidiaries. Journal of International Business Studies, 28(3): 579-603.

Keywords: FDI; Market entry; Joint venture; Japan.

Abstract: We investigate the effect of firm-specific advantages being 'local' in scope, and the influence of subsequent location-specific disadvantages, on the choice of foreign entry mode and subsidiary performance. To look into this issue, we examine Japanese FDI data from the wholesale and retail industries - two sectors that have productive activity concentrated in downstream processes and location-bound resources. Our theoretical and empirical analyses demonstrate that, in situations where required capabilities must be developed through local experience and where location-specific resources were subject to market failure, acquisition and joint venture strategies were preferred. Greenfield entries were successful in industries that permitted the off-setting of location-specific disadvantages with firm-specific advantages. From our results, we draw implications for the entry mode literature and offer a perspective on the performance of the entry mode choice.


Anand, Jaideep and Andrew Delios. 1996. Competing globally: How Japanese MNCs have matched goals and strategies in India and China. Columbia Journal of World Business, 31(3): 50-62.

Keywords: Emerging markets; FDI; Strategy; Performance; International.

Abstract: Japanese MNCs have established strong investment positions in the US, Europe and Asia. China has been a major recipient of Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI), while investment in India has grown much more slowly. We argue that the differences extend much beyond the levels of investment––Japanese involvement in India and China is qualitatively different. Japanese FDI in China was motivated by access to location-specific productive resources, and it involved a high degree of technology, management skills and organizational knowledge transfer. The Japanese subsidiaries in China were integrated with the network of international subsidiaries as a part of the MNC's global strategy. Japanese FDI in India, however, was motivated by the desire to access local markets. It involved less transfer of technology and management skills, and Japanese subsidiaries in India operated independently as part of a multi-domestic strategy. We conclude that foreign entrants to the region should be aware and able to respond to the unique advantages of each host country and to the different strategies and capabilities of the subsidiaries of Japanese MNCs.


Apaydin, Marina. 2009. Analyzing FDI trends in emerging markets: Turkey vs. CSEE and the Middle East. International Journal of Emerging Markets, 4(1): 72-97.

Keywords: Japanese foreign direct investment; Central and South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, Middle East.

Abstract: Turkey’s location at the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East creates tension between its complex cultural identity and the economic goals of this emerging economy. This paper deconstructs the current economic position of Turkey vis-à-vis its immediate neighbors, Central and South-Eastern Europe (CSEE), and the Middle East, as seen through the eyes of a Japanese investor. The analysis is based on the data on the foreign subsidiaries established by Japanese firms across the world. The results of the analysis confirm the ambiguous position of Turkey. With the largest population in the region, it has one of the lowest Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. It enjoys a high Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth yet a relatively low openness to trade. From cultural and political risk perspectives it is closer to the Middle East than to CSEE. In spite of its location advantages for FDI, the institutional environment continues to be an impediment for Turkey, preventing it from realizing its full investment potential. Thus Japanese investors vote with their funds for the newly liberalized CSEE economies, which are slightly closer culturally to Japan, and significantly less risky. The main contribution of this study is its comprehensive comparative analysis of a rarely researched combination of regions based on a variety of public and private sources.


Arregle, Jean-Luc, Paul W. Beamish and Louis Hebert. 2009. The regional dimension of MNEs' foreign subsidiary localization. Journal of International Business Studies, 40(1): 86-107.

Keywords: Semiglobalization; Regional strategy; Multilevel analysis; Evaluation of current theories; Localization of foreign subsidiaries; Emerging markets.

Abstract: This paper examines the regional effect of MNEs’ foreign subsidiary localization. We hypothesize that the number of subsequent foreign subsidiaries in a country is in part determined by a firm’s prior foreign subsidiary activity at the regional level. We test our hypotheses using data on 1,076 Japanese MNEs that created 3,466 foreign subsidiaries (1,837 wholly owned FDIs and 1,629 joint ventures) over the period 1996-2001. We use a multi-level Negative Binomial approach with three levels of analysis: localization decisions in a country (49 countries), in a region (six regions), and at the headquarters level. In this way, we test the regional effects controlling for country and corporate dimensions. We also run separate models to differentiate wholly owned and joint venture localization decisions. Our results strongly support the semi-globalization perspective in that the regional level effects are significant and different from the country level effects for all foreign subsidiaries, for wholly owned subsidiaries and for JVs. Japanese MNEs adopt a regional perspective that complements their decisions at the country and firm levels. They seek regional agglomeration benefits and make arbitrage decisions between countries in the same region.


Arregle, Jean-Luc, Louis Hebert and Paul W. Beamish. 2006. Mode of international entry: The advantages of multilevel methods. Management International Review, 46(5): 597-618.

Keywords: FDI; Entry mode; Research methods; Joint venture; Wholly owned subsidiary.

Abstract: International strategy empirical research on the mode of entry has typically overlooked the multilevel nature of this question and relied on non-multilevel quantitative methods. This creates important conceptual and statistical limitations. We examine such drawbacks by explaining the multilevel nature of this research question and the necessity to use multilevel methods. As an illustration, we develop a multilevel model and run a multilevel Bernoulli analysis to analyze the determinants of modes of entry, using a dataset on Japanese Foreign Direct Investment. Its results are compared to those of the dominant statistical method used in International Management for this topic: logistic regression.


Arregle, Jean-Luc, Toyah L. Miller, Michael A. Hitt and Paul W. Beamish. 2018. The role of MNEs’ internationalization patterns in their regional integration of FDI locations. Journal of World Business, 53(6): 896-910.

Keywords: Geographic scope; internationalization; location of foreign subsidiaries; regional strategy; semiglobalization.

Abstract: MNEs use the regional aggregation and integration of their FDIs as an important part of their internationalization. However, little work has focused on explaining the extent of this regional integration. We develop and test new hypotheses about MNEs’ general international experience and international geographic scope (i.e., institutional diversity and international dispersion) as predictors of their extent of regional integration. The results from a sample of Japanese MNEs validate these effects, suggesting these MNE level variables are important for regional influences on their internationalization decisions. The results further our understanding of how MNEs organize their internationalization and strategic geographic foci.


Arregle, Jean-Luc, Toyah L. Miller, Michael A. Hitt and Paul W. Beamish. 2016. How does regional institutional complexity affect MNE internationalization? Journal of International Business Studies, 47(6): 697 - 722.

Keywords: Regional strategy; institutions; semiglobalization; foreign direct investment; mixed models.

Abstract: International business research is only beginning to develop theory and evidence highlighting the importance of supranational regional institutions to explain firm internationalization. In this context, we offer new theory and evidence regarding the effect of a region’s “institutional complexity” on FDI decisions by multinational enterprises (MNEs). We define a region’s institutional complexity using two components, regional institutional diversity and number of countries. We explore the unique relationships of both components with MNEs’ decisions to internationalize into countries within the region. Drawing on semiglobalization and regionalization research and institutional theory, we posit an inverted U-shaped relationship between a region’s institutional diversity and MNE internationalization: extremely low or high regional institutional diversity has negative effects on internationalization, but moderate diversity has a positive effect on internationalization. Larger numbers of countries within the region reduces MNE internationalization in a linear fashion. We find support for these predicted relationships in multi-level analyses of 698 Japanese MNEs operating in 49 countries within nine regions. Regional institutional complexity is both a challenge and an opportunity for MNEs seeking advantages through the aggregation and arbitrage of individual country factors.


Arregle, Jean-Luc, Toyah L. Miller, Michael A. Hitt and Paul W. Beamish. 2013. Do regions matter? An integrated institutional and semi-globalization perspective on the internationalization of MNEs. Strategic Management Journal, 34: 910 – 934.

Keywords: internationalization; institutional environment; semi-globalization; regional strategy; location of foreign subsidiaries

Abstract: Traditional research suggests a relationship between country-level institutions and the location choices of MNEs. However, more recent theory suggests MNEs also focus on regions (semiglobalization). Therefore, this study examines institutional effects in the context of semiglobalization by considering the influences of three formal institutions (i.e., regulatory control, political democracy, capital investments) of countries and geographic regions on MNEs' location choices of internationalization. We use a sample of Japanese MNEs operating in 45 countries within eight regions. The results show that their degree of internationalization into a country is influenced by both country and regional institutional environments. Additionally, a semiglobalization perspective provides better explanatory power than does the country-level perspective. These results present a new perspective on how MNEs consider institutional environments in their international strategy. 


Asmussen, Christian Geisler and Anthony Goerzen.  2013.  Unpacking dimensions of foreignness:  Firm-specific capabilities and international dispersion in regional, cultural, and institutional space.  Global Strategy Journal, 3: 127-149.


Abstract: While recent research has pointed to the importance of regional strategy and the ‘interregional liability of foreignness,’ critics have pointed out that this argument obscures important differences within regions as well as the similarities across them.  Bridging these diverging viewpoints, our research is designed to unpack this debate into cultural, institutional, and regional components.  Using a large data set, we find that firms are significantly more dispersed across cultural and, in particular, institutional boundaries, than they are across geographically defined regional boundaries.  Further, our results indicate that certain firm-specific resources influence firm’ global dispersion; in particular, we find that a nuanced interplay of proprietary capabilities such as technology, marketing, and partnering capabilities has an impact on the location of firm activities.


Azémar, Céline and Andrew Delios. 2008. Tax competition and FDI: The special case of developing countries. The Journal of The Japanese and International Economies, 22(1): 85-108.


Abstract: According to Wheeler and Mody (1992) and Blonigen and Wang (2005), the elasticities between foreign direct investment (FDI) and its determinants vary considerably with the level of host country development. A large literature considers the influence of corporate tax rates, but the influence of corporate tax rates on FDI, has not been extensively studied in less developed countries, particularly in comparison to the influence corporate tax rates have in less developed countries as compared to developed countries. Using data on Japanese firm locations over the 1990-2000 period, we compare cross country differences in tax rates to reveal an asymmetry in influence between developed and developing countries. By looking at the interaction effects between Japan’s and a host developing country’s tax systems, we put forward the idea that special tax sparing provisions signed with Japan can alter the effect of host country taxes on Japanese firms’ location choices. Further we find that even though tax competition can be strong in developing countries, this competition should not lead to an effective rate of zero taxation for developing countries in their competition for FDI inflows.


Beamish, P.W., A. Goerzen and G. Peng. 2007. Alliance network diversity: Does it help or hurt? Peking University Business Review, 378(8): 28-31.

Keywords: Joint ventures; Performance; Emerging markets.

Abstract: Many firms have a large network of alliances. Yet, there exists little empirical evidence on the benefits of alliance networks. Do alliance networks help or hurt? We found that the majority of firms that enter alliances do not fully benefit from them. Contrary to conventional wisdom, network diversity generally has a negative impact on firm performance and the relationship between diversity and performance is not linear. For the majority of firms the proper strategy is to adopt a focused or homogeneous network strategy, while only a minority of firms have the capabilities to benefit from a diverse network strategy. Firms should avoid being stuck in the middle of the homogeneous-diverse continuum. For details on the original empirical study, see Goerzen, A. & Beamish, P (2005), ‘The Effect of Alliance Network Diversity on Multinational Enterprise Performance’, Strategic Management Journal, 26, 333-354.


Beamish, Paul W. and Andrew Inkpen. 1998. Japanese firms and the decline of the Japanese expatriate. Journal of World Business, 33(1): 35-50.

Keywords: Expatriates; Subsidiaries; Japan.

Abstract: Conventional wisdom holds that Japanese firms use large numbers of expatriates and are reluctant to allow local nationals a significant role in subsidiary management. Japanese firms have been criticized for their unwillingness to capitalize on the internal diversity in their international managerial ranks. It has been suggested that a rice paper ceiling in Japanese firms restricts local managers from advancement opportunities and involvement in corporate-level decision making. The research reported in this paper directly challenges the notion that Japanese firms are unwilling to reduce their use of expatriates. Using a comprehensive database of Japanese subsidiaries, this paper shows that the number of Japanese expatriates is declining and has been for some time. One explanation for this decline is that Japanese firms have had no choice because of a limited supply of managers for expatriate positions. A second explanation is that Japanese firms are beginning to recognize the importance of empowering local management and are becoming more truly global in how they compete.


Beamish, Paul W. and Ruihua Jiang. 2002. Investing profitably in China: Is it getter harder? Long Range Planning, 35(2): 135-151.

Keywords: Emerging markets; FDI; China; Ownership; Subsidiaries; Japan.

Abstract: Using information from the Japanese database Toyo Keizai, this article studies the performance of 2,962 foreign subsidiaries across the period 1985–1999 to show a picture of declining profitability from foreign direct investment by MNE’s in China. Despite the influence of macro-level factors, such as the historically fluctuating performance of the Chinese economy, we observed that of the many factors that may affect profitability, subsidiary-specific factors had the greater influence. The findings suggest that there are significant benefits for early entrants into the market, but caution against the use of high majority ownership control. Other evidence showed that larger subsidiaries tended to perform better. Managerial implications for MNEs and the future prospects of foreign direct investment in China are discussed.


Beamish, Paul W. and Jae Jung. 2005. The performance and survival of joint ventures with parents of asymmetric size. International Management, 10(1): 19-30.

Keywords: IJV; Asymmetry; Performance; Survival.

Abstract: Researchers have argued that IJV performance and survival is affected significantly by its parent firms. In this regard, previous studies mostly focused on the relationship between an IJV and its individual parents, while leaving the relationship between parents firms unexplored. This study considered whether size asymmetry between IJV parents is an additional factor influencing IJV performance and survival. From the perspective of transaction cost economics and resource-based view, we proposed two opposing hypotheses. To test the hypotheses, we used 261 firm-year observations of 145 Japanese IJVs in 1996, 1998 and 2000, with generalized estimating equations (GEEs) and Chi-square tests. No significant relationship was found between size asymmetry between parents and IJV performance and survival.


Beamish, Paul W. and Ariff Kachra. 2004. Number of partners and joint venture performance. Journal of World Business, 39(2): 107-120.

Keywords: Joint ventures; Partner; International strategy; Resource-based theory; Transaction costs; Japan.

Abstract: Using the largest-ever sample of international equity JVs with three or more partners, this study examines the relationship between the number of partners in a JV and performance. Resource-based theory and the transaction cost perspective are used to explore whether the increases in transaction costs are balanced off by increased benefits as the number of partners grows. Four hypotheses are developed and tested on a sample of 1,335 Japanese JVs in 73 countries, not including Japan. No significant relationship was observed between number of partners in an international JV and JV performance, even when moderators like JV type were considered.


Boeh, Kevin and Paul W. Beamish, 2015. The cost of distance on subsidiary performance.  Asian Business and Management; 14(3): 171-193.

Keywords: distance; multinationals; foreign direct investment; performance; survival

Abstract: Using a sample of Japanese–US dyads, we find that the time required to travel between geographically separated locations affects subsidiary performance and survival. Longer travel time harms financial performance, and poor performers face higher closure rates. While distant subsidiaries perform poorly, they also survive longer. This is because remediation attention is focused on easier-to-access subsidiaries, there are increased information processing complexities, and parents more often change managers to address deteriorating performance. Further, distant subsidiaries are more likely to be relocated. By measuring travel time instead of geographic distance, we provide validation for the assumption that there are costs to being geographically distant.


Boeh, Kevin and Paul W. Beamish. 2012. Travel time and the liability of distance in foreign direct investment: Location choice and entry mode. Journal of International Business Studies, 43(5): 525-535.

Keywords: Geographic distance; Travel time; Entry mode; Transaction costs; FDI; Japan; USA.

Abstract: Measures of geographic distance are often used to proxy the impact of spatial separation on firm decisions and performance. We develop a construct, dyad travel time, to measure the friction of interacting and costs of uncertainty from ex post behavioral monitoring across non-collocated sites. We measure the actual time required to travel between 1,171 parent-subsidiary dyads and show that dyad travel time (but not geographic distance) has significant predictive power in firm governance and location decisions. While prior literature has independently modeled these, we specify a simultaneous model offering stronger support for the interrelation of these decisions.


Bouquet, Cyril, Louis Hébert and Andrew Delios. 2004. Foreign expansion in services industries: Separability and human capital intensity. Journal of Business Research, 57(1): 35-46.

Keywords: FDI; Services; Entry mode; Staffing; Expatriate; International.

Abstract: We investigate the effect of operating in service industries, in which separability and human capital intensity factors influence the choice of foreign entry mode and expatriate staffing decisions. To look into this issue, we compared 14,863 instances of Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) into manufacturing and three service industries (wholesale trade, retail trade, and financial services). Our theoretical and empirical analyses support the assertion that in situations where required capabilities must be developed through (1) close contacts with end customers and (2) high levels of professional skills, specialized know-how, and customization, wholly owned subsidiaries and expatriate staff are preferred. From our results, we draw implications for the FDI literature and offer a novel perspective on the factors influencing the internationalization of service firms.


Bowman, Gary, Roxane Foulser-Piggott and Paul W. Beamish. 2022. National Disasters and MNE Internalization: Reoptimizing Subsidiary Governance. Journal of World Business, forthcoming. Accepted September 27, 2022.

Keywords: Natural Disasters; MNEs; New Internalization Theory; Subsidiary stability; Joint Ventures

Abstract: Natural disasters pose significant threats to MNEs and their subsidiaries. We evaluate the impact and temporal significance of unsystematic disasters on MNE governance decisions. Focusing on JVs and drawing upon new internalization theory, we assess the significance of parent-subsidiary characteristics and experience after a disaster. Our dataset encompasses 7,938 disaster events across 132 countries affecting 5,375 Japanese MNEs and 20,053 subsidiaries over 26 years. We demonstrate the negative impact of disasters on JV survival and observe acquisition (exit) following a disaster based on higher (lower) levels of asset specificity, relative importance, and country and disaster specific experience.


Chakravarty, Dwarka, Y.Y. Tsieh, Andreas Schotter and Paul W. Beamish. 2017. Multinational enterprise regional management centres: Characteristics and performance. Journal of World Business, 52(2): 296-311.

Keywords: MNE evolution; Multinational enterprise; Regional headquarters; Regional management centres; Theory of the MNE; Regionalization.

Abstract: In multinational enterprises (MNEs), regional management centres (RMCs) most frequently take the form of either dedicated regional headquarters (RHQs) or regional management mandates (RMMs) assigned to operating subsidiaries. We identify a series of critical differences in characteristics and performance between RHQs and RMMs, using a longitudinal sample of 855 Japanese RMCs across 41 countries. We also investigate parent-level differences between MNEs with distinct RMC configurations. We propose a structural complement to regional strategy extensions of the integration-responsiveness framework, and provide an important large sample baseline, aiding new theoretical and empirical research into MNE regional management strategy and structure.


Chan, Christine M. and Shige Makino. 2007. Legitimacy and multi-level institutional environments: Implications for foreign subsidiary ownership structure. Journal of International Business Studies, 38(4): 621-638.

Keywords: Institutional environments in host countries; Legitimacy in foreign market entry strategies; Multi-level analysis; Subsidiary ownership.

Abstract: In this study, we examine from an institutional perspective the legitimacy rationale behind the choice of subsidiary ownership structure among multinational corporations (MNCs). We suggest that when under a strong pressure to conform at the host country and local industry levels of their institutional environment, MNCs are likely to take a lower ownership stake in exchange for external legitimacy in the host country or local industry that their foreign subsidiaries are entering. We also suggest that MNCs are likely to take a higher ownership stake in response to strong internal pressure to sustain their internal legitimacy at the corporate level of their institutional environment. We also propose that MNCs are more likely to exchange ownership for legitimacy in local industries than in host countries, and in local markets with a high level of political instability than in those with a low level of political instability. These propositions are generally supported by our analysis of 4,451 subsidiaries that were established by 898 Japanese MNCs which operated in 39 countries across 52 industries (two-digit SIC) between 1988 and 1999.


Chan, Christine M., Shige Makino, and Takehiko Isobe. 2006. Interdependent behavior in foreign direct investment: The multi-level effects of prior entry and prior exit on foreign market entry. Journal of International Business Studies, 37(5): 642-665.

Keywords: Interdependent behavior in foreign market entry; Legitimacy and competition in external and internal environments; Prior entry and prior exit decisions as a signal to potential entrants; Multi-level analysis.

Abstract: This paper examines the interdependent foreign market entry decisions of multinational corporations (MNCs). Based on the argument that legitimacy and competition are two important forces in foreign market entry decisions, we hypothesize that an MNC’s market entry decisions are influenced by its own prior entry and prior exit decisions and those of other MNCs. We examine this general proposition at four levels of analysis: the host country, global industry (an industry that spans host countries), local industry (an industry that is separately defined within each host country), and parent firm level. Our analysis of a panel data of over 4000 market entry decisions that were made by Japanese MNCs shows that an MNC’s market entry decision has a stronger inverted U-shaped relationship with the prior entry and exit decisions of other MNCs at the local industry level than the prior entry and exit decisions of other MNCs at the host country and global industry levels. We also find that both the prior entry and prior exit decisions of an MNC have a marginal influence on its own subsequent market entry decisions at the parent firm level.


Chrysostome, Elie V. and Nathaniel C. Lupton. 2011. Characteristics and performance of Japanese foreign direct investment in Africa. International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, 4(1): 54-77.

Keywords: Japanese foreign direct investment; Africa; Economic development.

Abstract: This article examines the characteristics and performance of Japanese foreign direct investment (JFDI) in Africa. For that purpose a large sample of 1062 Japanese subsidiaries doing business in Africa was selected from the Tokyo Keizai database and analyzed. Our findings reveal several important observations as follow: 1) efficiency and market seeking was the common purposes for investment by Japanese firms in Africa; 2) furthermore strategic asset seeking was the common purpose for investment by Japanese firms in low income region and lower middle income regions while resource seeking was relatively the common purpose for investment in upper middle income region; 3) the main industry for investment by Japanese firms in the low income region was low technology manufacturing while the main industry for investment in the lower and upper income regions was high technology manufacturing; 4) the Japanese subsidiaries are young and small in lower middle income region, young and large in upper middle income region and old, small and large in low income region; their performance is good with a very high exit rate in low income region while the performance is high with high exit rate in low middle income region and moderate with a low exit rate in upper middle income region.


Chung, Chris Changwha and Paul W. Beamish. 2012. Multi-party international joint ventures and multiple post-formation change processes. Journal of World Business, 47(4): 648-663.

Keywords: International joint ventures; Multi-party complexity; Multiple structural changes; Performance; Survival.

Abstract: Research on multi-party IJVs has been limited to a static context. Little attention has been paid to analyzing dynamic post-formation change processes. This study investigates the evolving influences of multi-party IJV complexity on performance in a dynamic context where the multi-party IJV goes through multiple waves of structural change. Using a static context, some previous studies found support for a negative impact of multi-party complexity on performance, while others did not. Analyzing 2,652 multi-party IJVs over a period of 17 years, we attempt to reconcile previous work by investigating whether there is a threshold beyond which the negative impact of multi-party complexity on performance becomes salient.


Chung, Chris and Paul W. Beamish. 2010. The trap of continual ownership change in international equity joint ventures. Organization Science, 21(5): 995-1015.

Keywords: Change; Equity ownership structure; International joint venture; Performance; Survival

Abstract: This article examines how multiple ownership changes unfold in international equity joint venture (IEJV) evolution and how such repeated changes impact short-term performance and long-term survival. By theorizing a new concept—the trap of continual change—in the IEJV context, we challenge the adaptive viewpoint assumed in alliance dynamics research. We propose that partners sometimes respond to an initial dissatisfaction with the venture result with a dysfunctional repetition of rearranging the ownership control structure. This continual change locks the organization into bad choices and sends it into a downward spiral. Acknowledging the mixed motive nature of inter-partner relationships, we incorporate cooperative versus competitive dynamics manifested in shared control arrangements. We propose that shared ownership control lends stability to the IEJV until the initial IEJV agreement is renegotiated; this stability is a result of the cooperative forces of mutual interdependence and mutual forbearance between the partners. However, when the power balance breaks down, the potential for inter-partner conflict increases. When the ownership control structure of the IEJV is restructured, especially multiple times, shared control arrangements become increasingly unstable as behavioral, cultural, and managerial differences are amplified.


Chung, Chris Changwha and Paul W. Beamish. 2005. Investment mode strategy and expatriate strategy during times of economic crisis. Journal of International Management, 11(3): 331-355.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Investment mode strategy; Expatriate strategy; Multinational flexibility; Dynamic capability; Sunk cost; Real options; Economic crisis; Survival.

Abstract: This study examines the main and interaction effects of investment mode strategy and expatriate strategy on subsidiary survival during times of economic crisis. We propose that the capitalization of multinational flexibility across multi-country networks enhances the survival of subsidiaries when the local markets collapse. Based on a longitudinal analysis that encompasses the characteristics and survival of Japanese subsidiaries in Asian countries, we find that greenfield wholly-owned subsidiaries are more likely to survive than greenfield joint ventures and acquired wholly-owned subsidiaries during times of economic crisis. The interaction effect between expatriate strategy and investment mode strategy suggests that the further distant the operational structures of subsidiaries are configured from the multinational networks, the more benefit the subsidiaries can extract from the greater utilization of expatriates. Consistently, we find that in an environment of economic crisis, the greater utilization of expatriates is more likely to enhance the survival likelihood of greenfield joint ventures and acquired wholly-owned subsidiaries than greenfield wholly-owned subsidiaries. While this positive interaction effect is significant in an economic crisis environment, it is not in an economically stable environment. The competing explanations of the dynamic capability logic of multinational flexibility and the real option logic of sunk cost are considered in this study.


Chung, Chris Changwha and Paul W. Beamish. 2005. The impact of institutional reforms on characteristics and survival of foreign subsidiaries in emerging economies. Journal of Management Studies, 42(1): 35-62.

Keywords: Economic crisis; Foreign direct investment; Newly industrialized economies; Emerging markets; Japan.

Abstract: Most emerging markets are characterized by greater political, economic and institutional risks and environmental uncertainties than exist in developed market economies. Most researchers have adopted a somewhat static view of emerging markets, a conventional wisdom whereby such risks and uncertainties are assumed to be constant. This paper goes beyond this conventional notion of the uncertain environment of emerging economies and investigates their dynamic context instead, the idea that uncertain environments indeed fluctuate and shift. We argue that risk/uncertainty varies in its intensity, according to whether the environment is economically stable or in crisis. The economic environments of emerging markets may be stable (i.e. uncertain at a constant but generally positive rate) or in crisis (i.e. uncertain at a more volatile and generally negative rate). This study argues and demonstrates that such variability has implications for the characteristics and performance of foreign subsidiaries in emerging markets.


Chung, Chris Changwha, Seung-Hyun Lee, Paul W. Beamish and Takehiko Isobe. 2010. Subsidiary expansion/contraction during times of economic crisis. Journal of International Business Studies, 41(3): 500-516.

Keywords: subsidiary expansion; economic crisis; real options; across-country operational flexibility; within-country growth; MNE network characteristics

Abstract: This paper compares two real options – within-country growth and across-country operational flexibility – to examine subsidiary expansion/contraction during times of economic crisis. Specifically, we examine how the real options orientations of individual subsidiaries interact with the general characteristics of multinational enterprise networks. Our main findings are that: (a) economic crises can be detrimental for subsidiaries with stronger within-country orientations, and advantageous for those with stronger across-country orientations; and (b) network characteristics are not the sole determinants of subsidiary expansion/contraction – what really matters is how the real options orientations of individual subsidiaries mesh with the overall characteristics of the network they belong to.


Chung, Chris Changwha, Seung-Hyun Lee, Paul W. Beamish, Colette Southam, and Daeil Nam. 2013. Pitting real options theory against risk diversification theory: International diversification and joint ownership control in economic crisis. Journal of World Business, 48(1): 122-136.

Keywords: Real options; Risk diversification; Economic crisis; International diversification; Joint ventures; Subsidiary divestment

Abstract: This study examines how MNE divestment decisions differ according to real options versus risk diversification perspectives. We develop competing hypotheses in relation to international diversification and joint ownership control. Empirical results give consistent support to the real options perspective. We find that large MNEs with greater international diversification are less likely to divest their subsidiaries during times of economic crisis. The negative effect of joint ownership control is however manifested in both crisis-stricken and non-crisis country subsidiaries as well as in their interaction effect.


Chung, Chris, Jane Lu and Paul W. Beamish. 2008. Multinational networks during times of economic crisis vs. stability. Management International Review, 48(3): 279-295.

Keywords: Multinational Networks; Economic Crisis; Foreign Subsidiaries; Subsidiary Network; Keiretsu Affiliation; Operational Flexibility; Subsidiary Performance

Abstract: From a network view of multinational enterprises, we argue that foreign subsidiaries in multinational networks have access to resources in heterogeneous institutional environments, and that by taking advantage of these linkages they can capitalize on the latent flexibility that resides in being part of a multinational network.  We compare the performance of subsidiaries during times of economic crisis versus stable periods to determine the environments in which intra- and inter-firm organizational linkages matter most. Results indicate that the enhanced flexibility associated with intra- and inter-firm organizational linkages is more likely to increase the performance of subsidiaries operating in crisis rather than economically stable environments.


Colpan, Asli M., Andrew Delios and Takashi Hikino, 2013. How does export commitment and product diversity affect the international scope-firm performance relationship?: Evidence from Japan.  Asian Business & Management, 12(1): 142-172.

Keywords: international scope; export commitment; product diversity; financial performance; Japan

Abstract: We examine the relationships among international operational scope, export commitment, product diversity and firm performance. In our sample of the largest Japanese electronics firms, we find that the performance impact of international operational scope changes, depending upon the extent of a firm’s export commitment and product diversity. The results suggest that exporting and product diversity, separately and jointly, moderate the relationship that international operational scope has with performance. Our three-way interaction results show that multinational firms can successfully mitigate the profitability losses that a firm potentially faces when they simultaneously commit to high levels of product diversity and export activities.


Dai, Li, Lorraine Eden and Paul W. Beamish. 2022. The Timing and Mode of Foreign Exit from Conflict Zones: A Behavioural Perspective. Journal of International Business Studies, forthcoming. Accepted September 28, 2022.

Keywords: Foreign exit; exit mode; exit timing; violent conflict; conflict zones; behavioral theory; satisficing

Abstract: We examine the timing and mode of firm exits from host-country conflict zones. We argue that timing and mode are interdependent decisions where decision ordering matters, and show that a firm’s prioritizing of either exit timing or mode is dependent on the relative salience of two behavioral stimuli: (1) the firm’s own experience (i.e., its performance shortfall) and (2) the experience of peer firms (i.e., their exits). Using instrumental variables modeling on a sample of 101 Japanese MNE exits from 11 conflict-afflicted countries between 1991 and 2005, we demonstrate that when mode is prioritized over timing, partial exits tend to occur earlier and whole exits later. However, when timing is prioritized over mode, the decision choices reverse: earlier exits tend to be whole and later exits partial. The outcome of one decision therefore affects that of the other in a unique and predictable manner, such that the ordering of the decisions both produces and precludes strategic choices. Our findings, based on a multi-decision problem that has traditionally been treated as a single decision (i.e., foreign exit), delineate expanded boundary conditions for satisficing, as well as reconcile optimizing and satisficing behaviors.


Dai, Li, Lorraine Eden and Paul W. Beamish. 2017.  Caught in the crossfire:  Dimensions of vulnerability and foreign multinationals’ exit from war-affected countries.  Strategic Management Journal. 38 (7): 1478-1498.


Abstract: When war occurs in a country, some foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) stay on, while others flee. We argue that MNE responses to external threats depend on the firm's vulnerability, which we decompose into exposure (proximity to threat), at-risk resources (potential for loss), and resilience (capacity for coping). We test the independent and interactive effects of these dimensions using a geo-referenced sample of 1,162 MNE subsidiaries in 20 war-afflicted countries between 1987 and 2006. We find that highly valuable resources can become liabilities when exposed to harm, and the best way to cope with external threats may be to exit. Our findings extend the resource-based view and real options theory by demonstrating the bounded value of resources and options in the face of environmental contingencies.


Dai, Li, Lorraine Eden and Paul W. Beamish. 2013. Place, space and geographical exposure: Foreign subsidiary survival in conflict zones. Journal of International Business Studies, 44(6): 554-578.

Keywords: Geography; Distance; Political conflicts; Political risk; Subsidiary survival; Subsidiary exit; Place; Space; Exposure; Coulomb’s law; Concentration; Dispersion; Static exposure; Dynamic exposure.

Abstract: This study focuses on the role of geography in foreign subsidiary survival in host countries afflicted with political conflict. We argue that survival is a function of exposure to conflicts, which depends on the characteristics of place (the conflict zone) and space (geographic concentration and dispersion of other home-country firms). The roles of place and space are explored using street-level analysis of geographic information systems data for 670 Japanese MNE subsidiaries in 25 conflict-afflicted host countries over 1987–2006. Through dynamic modeling of conflict zones as stretchable and shrinkable places relative to subsidiary locations, we develop a means of characterizing a foreign subsidiary’s exposure to multiple threats in its geographic domain. Our results show that greater exposure to geographic political threats, in both a static and a dynamic sense, reduces the likelihood of survival. Our results also show that both concentration and dispersion with other firms affect survival; however, the effects depend on where (whether the firm is in a conflict zone) and with whom (home-country peers or sister subsidiaries) the firm is spatially located.


David, Parthiban, Jon O’Brien, Toru Yoshikawa and Andrew Delios. 2010. Do shareholders or stakeholders appropriate the rents from corporate diversification? The influence of ownership structure. Academy of Management Journal, 53(3): 636-654.

Keywords: Governance; Ownership; Diversification; Stakeholder; Rent Appropriation.

Abstract: Prior work on the performance consequences of corporate diversification treats all powerful owners as seeking the same benefits from diversification, i.e, higher profit rather than growth, and therefore limiting value appropriation by other stakeholders such as employees and managers. In contrast, we distinguish between domestic ‘relational’ owners and foreign ‘transactional’ owners in Japanese corporations to explain that although transactional owners seek profit rather than growth from diversification, relational owners seek growth rather than profit from diversification. Furthermore, relational owners also allow managers and employees to appropriate more of the rents arising from diversification than do transactional owners.


Delios, Andrew and Paul W. Beamish. 2005. Regional and global strategies of Japanese firms. Management International Review, Special Issue 45(1): 19-36.

Keywords: Internationalization; Globalization; Multinationality; Internalization theory; Regional strategy; Japan.

Abstract: Our evidence from the analysis 1,229 Japanese multinational firms shows notable differences in the components of an internationalization strategy by the type of global and regional strategy employed.   This evidence suggests that a host-oriented, but not a home-oriented, strategy is a step in the direction of a global strategy in a manner consistent with existing internationalization, internalization and global strategic management views of multinational firms.


Delios, Andrew and Paul W. Beamish. 2004. Joint venture performance revisited: Japanese foreign subsidiaries worldwide. Management International Review, 44(1): 69-91.

Keywords: Joint ventures; Survival; International strategy; Exit rates; Performance; Wholly-owned subsidiaries; Japan.

Abstract: Our evidence from the analysis of performance data on 27,974 foreign subsidiaries challenges conventional notions about joint venture survival rates and financial performance. This evidence suggests the need for future research to explore why joint ventures survive as well as they do, why wholly-owned subsidiaries have exit rates comparable to joint ventures, and why joint ventures had a level of financial performance at least equal to wholly-owned subsidiaries.


Delios, Andrew and Paul W. Beamish. 2001. Japanese ownership strategies for subsidiaries in Asia. Global Focus, 13(2): 173-185.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Ownership; Japan; Joint ventures; Public policy; International.

Abstract: The countries in Asia accounted for more than half of all Japanese foreign subsidiaries operating in 1999. Notable among these subsidiaries was the frequent use of joint ventures compared to entries made elsewhere in the world, and a relatively high level of equity ownership by local firms within those joint ventures. As a means to explain the high use of joint ventures, and as a way to better understand the formulation of ownership strategies, we introduce, discuss, and provide examples of three ownership strategy influences, which we term transactional, experience, and institutional influence. We contend that these influences affected the ownership strategies of Japanese firms when forming foreign subsidiaries in Asia and elsewhere in the world. Based on this description and analysis of ownership strategies, we advance several implications for public policy makers and managers in multinational firms.


Delios, Andrew and Paul W. Beamish. 2001. Survival and profitability: The roles of experience and intangible assets in foreign subsidiary performance. Academy of Management Journal, 44(5): 1028-1038.

Keywords: Subsidiary; Survival; Profitability; MNEs; Japan; International.

Abstract: This study integrates research on the financial performance of multinational firms with research on foreign subsidiary survival. We examined the influences a firm's intangible assets and its experience have on foreign subsidiary survival and profitability using a sample of 3,080 subsidiaries of 641 Japanese firms. The results show survival and profitability have different antecedents. Host country experience has a direct effect on survival but a contingent relationship with profitability. The entry mode moderated the nature of these relationships.


Delios, Andrew and Paul W. Beamish. 1999. Geographic scope, product diversification and the corporate performance of Japanese firms. Strategic Management Journal, 20(8): 711-727.

Keywords: Multinational corporations; Financial performance; Regression analysis; Manufacturing; Models; Diversification; Globalization; Japan.

Abstract: The study extends research on the geographic scope, product diversification, and performance relationship by exploring both the antecedents and consequences of geographic scope. In so doing, it addresses a fundamental criticism of the geographic scope-performance relationship. The research model is tested with data on the corporate performance of 399 Japanese manufacturing firms. In the partial least squares analyses used to examined the study's 6 main hypotheses, it is demonstrated that geographic scope was positively associated with firm profitability, even when the competing effect of proprietary assets on firm performance was considered. It is also found that performance was not related to the extent of product diversification, although investment levels in rent-generating proprietary assets were related to the extent of product diversification.


Delios, Andrew and Paul W. Beamish. 1999. Ownership strategy of Japanese firms: Transactional, institutional and experience influences. Strategic Management Journal, 20(10): 915-933.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Studies; Ownership; Foreign investment; Hypotheses; Manycountries; Models; Statistical analysis; Japan.

Abstract: The effects of transactional, institutional, and experience influences on the ownership strategies of Japanese investors are compared. The theoretical development suggests that the equity position of a foreign investor should increase as the specificity of the assets transferred to the foreign affiliate increases, but a lower equity position should be assumed when the foreign investor requires complementary assets to establish a foreign entry. International experience and a strong institutional environment also should lead to increases in the equity position of the foreign investor. These relationships were tested with data on more than 1000 Japanese investments in 9 countries of East and South-East Asia. The results demonstrate that experience and institutional factors were the most important influences on the ownership position taken in the foreign investment, while transactional factors had a much less important and a more ambiguous role.


Delios, Andrew, Paul W. Beamish and Zhao Xuejuan. 2009. The evolution of Japanese investment in China: From toys to textiles to business process outsourcing. Asia-Pacific Business Review, Special Issue, 15(3): 323-345.

Keywords: Japan; FDI; China; Emerging markets; Regional strategy.

Abstract: The nature of Japanese firms’ international activity in China has undergone a substantive change in the 1995-2006 period. Japanese companies compete actively in many more regions in China, and they have shifted their investment strategies in the various provinces and municipalities in China to reflect the new competitive realities created by rapid economic development in the East, mid-South and North regions of China. The changing nature and evolution of Japanese international activity has created substantial opportunities and challenges to scholars and practitioners alike. The challenge comes from trying to develop a nuanced understanding of sub-national variations in Japanese firms’ strategies in China. The opportunities come from the chance to deepen research in three particular areas of scholarly endeavour: (1) subsidiary development and multinational firm strategy; (2) institutions and international business; and (3) offshoring, outsourcing and international business theory.


Delios, Andrew and Ingmar Bjorkman. 2000. Expatriate staffing in foreign subsidiaries of Japanese multinational corporations in the PRC and the United States. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 11(2): 278-293.

Keywords: China; Emerging markets; Expatrate.

Abstract: This study examines expatriate staffing in foreign wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures of Japanese firms located in the People's Republic of China and the United States. Expatriates are conceptualized as performing two primary functions. The first is a control function in which the expatriate works to align the operations of the subsidiary with that of the Japanese parent. The second function is a knowledge role. In this role, either the expatriate acts to transfer the Japanese parent's knowledge to the subsidiary or the expatriate is an agent for the acquisition of host-country knowledge. We tested for these two functions using subsidiary-level data on Japanese firms' operations in China and the US. Our results indicate that the control function was more prominent in joint ventures in China than in the US. The results also indicate that expatriates played a more significant knowledge-transfer function role in technology and marketing-intensive industries in China than in the US. A lack of MNC experience in China was found to be associated with limited use of expatriates. Finally, expatriate employment was negatively related to the number of subsidiaries of the parent company worldwide.


Delios, Andrew and Prescott C. Ensign. 2000. A subnational analysis of Japanese direct investment in Canada. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 17(1): 38-51.

Keywords: FDI; Performance; Survival.

Abstract: This study examines longitudinal aspects of Japanese foreign direct investment in Canada. In these analyses, exit rates are related to subsidiary-level variables such as business size, expatriate employment levels, equity-ownership levels, and entry mode. The results of the study suggest that region and industry interact, both to draw investment to a region and to influence the likelihood of survival of foreign-owned businesses. Furthermore, the focus on regional issues for Canada shows that even with a small open economy, subnational (inter-provincial) variance can have important effects on the characteristics and performance of foreign direct investment.


Delios, Andrew, Ajai Singh Gaur and Shige Makino. 2008. The timing of international expansion: Information, rivalry and imitation among Japanese firms, 1980-2002. Journal of Management Studies, 45(1): 169-195.


Abstract: Sociological-based information theory and economics-based competitive rivalry theory operate as the dominant theories of interorganizational mimetic behavior.  Recent work has sought to integrate the ideas in these theories, or determine which has greater explanatory power. In this study, we juxtapose the concepts in these two theories, to illustrate the complementary nature of information-based and rivalry-based theories of mimetic behavior.  Specifically, we consider how the predictions of information-based theories are moderated by the home competitive context of the industry of a firm making an international expansion.  Using a 1980 to 2002 sample of 4,949 manufacturing plant entries made into 71 foreign countries by 783 publicly-listed Japanese manufacturing firms, we find that the competitive context in the home industry influences the propensity of a focal firm to imitate the actions of rival firms. Our results support our contention that the two theoretical approaches are complementary, with the complementarities extending from the limitations of each approach.


Delios, Andrew and Witold J. Henisz. 2003. Policy uncertainty and the sequence of entry by Japanese firms, 1980-1998. Journal of International Business Studies, 34(3): 227-241.

Keywords: Market entry; FDI.

Abstract: We extend the stages model of internationalization to incorporate a sophisticated consideration of temporal and cross-national variation in the uncertainty of the policy environment. Using a sample of 6465 international expansions of 665 Japanese manufacturing firms in 49 countries, we develop arguments from internationalization and bargaining power perspectives to show how Japanese firms manage policy uncertainty in host country environments through the within-country sequencing of investments. Although a distribution to manufacturing entry sequence tends to prevail in countries with low levels of policy uncertainty, as uncertainty in the policy environment increases, initial entry by distribution is increasingly likely to be eschewed in favor of an initial entry by a joint venture manufacturing plant. We suggest that this change in investment sequence occurs as firms shift from an emphasis on developing knowledge about local markets and consumers in low-hazards markets to an international expansion strategy in uncertain policy environments that places knowledge development of the policy environment at the forefront of a firm's strategy.


Delios, Andrew and Witold J. Henisz. 2003. Political hazards, experience and sequential entry strategies: The international expansion of Japanese firms, 1980-1998. Strategic Management Journal, 24(11): 1153-1164.

Keywords: Learning; Political institutions; Market entry; FDI.

Abstract: We find support for the role of experiential learning in the international expansion process by extending the stages model of internationalization to incorporate a sophisticated consideration of temporal and cross-national variation in the credibility of the policy environment. Using a sample of 3857 international expansions of 665 Japanese manufacturing firms, we build on the concepts of uncertainty and experiential learning, to show that firms that had gathered relevant types of international experience were less sensitive to the deterring effect of uncertain policy environments on investment. One implication of our results is that research on international strategy should emphasize understanding the political institutions that constrain or enable political actors, just as entry mode research has done. A second implication is that research in the stages model of internationalization should give the same weight to the policy environment as a source of uncertainty to a firm, as it has given to cultural, social and market institutions.


Delios, Andrew and Witold J. Henisz. 2000. Japanese firms’ investment strategies in emerging economies. Academy of Management Journal, 43(3): 305-323.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Expropriation; FDI.

Abstract: This study jointly examines the effects of organizational capabilities and public and private expropriation hazards on the level of equity ownership chosen for foreign subsidiaries in emerging markets. Specifically, the mechanisms by which 660 Japanese multinational corporations drew upon capabilities developed via industry-specific, country-specific, and total international experience to mitigate these hazards for their 2,827 subsidiaries in 18 emerging markets are explored. Results strongly support a novel specification that forges a link between the capabilities and the public and private expropriation hazards literatures.


Delios, Andrew, Andrew C. Inkpen and Jerry Ross. 2004. Escalation in international strategic alliances. Management International Review, 44(4): 457-479.

Keywords: Joint ventures; Performance; Escalation theory.

Abstract: Casual observation provides numerous examples of alliances that continue for years despite failing to accomplish partner objectives. In this study we examine the question of why firms often persist with alliance investments despite a steady stream of evidence that the alliance is producing little or no benefit. We investigate the factors that contribute to a firm's persistence with failing alliances, using an escalation framework for strategic alliances. We describe a case study of an unsuccessful strategic alliance. With an emphasis on alliance and partner specific, as opposed to interfirm, variables, we use a case study to demonstrate how escalation theory can enhance alliance understanding. Three key escalation factors emerge from the alliance case study. We then provide an exploratory quantitative analysis of escalation. The analysis is based on the three factors that emerged from the case study plus three additional factors derived from escalation theory. Finally, we examine the implications for escalation theory and theories of alliance management and performance.


Delios, Andrew and Timothy D. Keeley. 2000. Thailand: The outlook brightens. Ivey Business Journal, 64(3): 44-47.

Keywords: FDI; Japan; Emerging markets.

Abstract: This paper examines Japanese direct investment in Thailand following the economic crisis of 1997. Based on a 1999 survey of 72 Japanese subsidiaries in Thailand, the authors found that most respondents were optimistic about the business climate. Thai subsidiaries were found to be an integral part of Japanese multinationals’ manufacturing networks.


Delios, Andrew and Shige Makino. 2003. Timing of entry and the foreign subsidiary performance of Japanese firms. Journal of International Marketing, 11(3): 83-105.

Keywords: FDI; Market entry; Subsidiary.

Abstract: A contingency approach is used to analyze the relationship between timing of entry and a subsidiary's relative size and its survival. Using a sample of 6955 foreign entries of 703 Japanese firms, the authors develop and test hypotheses about asset-based competitive advantage moderators of timing of entry's influence on a subsidiary's relative size and survival. The results show that early entrants not only have a larger relative size but also have greater exit likelihood than do late entrants. The magnitude of these effects depends on the type of asset advantages a foreign investing firm. possesses.


Delios, Andrew, Dean Xu, and Paul W. Beamish. 2008. Within-country product diversification and foreign subsidiary performance. Journal of International Business Studies, 39(4): 706-724.

Keywords: Within-country diversification; Host country institutions; Corporate-level diversification; Subsidiary performance; Multinational firms; Moderating effect; Emerging markets.

Abstract: We examine the product diversification of a multinational firm within each of its host country markets. Based on a sample of 12,992 foreign subsidiaries of Japanese multinational firms, we find that higher levels of within-country product diversity led to higher subsidiary performance where the institutional strength of the local market was weak, and where a firm’s corporate product diversity level was high. Our study highlights the importance of examining a multinational firm’s strategy in its individual host country markets, as influenced by the institutional characteristics of a host country market and the corporate level strategy of the multinational firm.


Demirbag, Mehmet, Marina Apaydin and Ekrem Tatoglu. 2011. Survival of Japanese subsidiaries in the Middle East and North Africa. Journal of World Business, 46(2): 411-425.

Keywords: Economic distance; Economic freedom; Japanese FDI; Subsidiary survival; Middle East and North Africa.

Abstract:This paper considers factors affecting survival of foreign subsidiaries in the context of Japanese foreign equity ventures in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Three new institutional variables, economic distance, economic freedom distance and subsidiary density, are examined as determinants of survival while controlling for other determinants previously established in the extant literature. The findings support our hypotheses. We found that economic distance and economic freedom distance exhibit significant positive and negative relationships respectively with the survival of Japanese FDI in the MENA region, and moderate positive relationship between subsidiary density and subsidiary survival.


Dhanaraj, Charles and Paul W. Beamish. 2009. Institutional environment and subsidiary survival. Management International Review, 49(3): 291-312.

Keywords: Institutional environment; Political openness; Social openness; International joint venture; subsidiary survival; Mortality risk.

Abstract: We examine the effect of the institutional environment (IE) on the mortality of overseas subsidiaries.  We develop hypotheses to study the impact of political openness and social openness, two dimensions of the institutional environment and how joint venture status moderates these relationships.  We tested our hypotheses using a sample of 12,000+ Japanese overseas investments from 1986-1997 in 25 countries, using Cox hazard models. Our results suggest that the sociopolitical context has a strong influence on the mortality of overseas subsidiaries. We theorized and found a negative main effect for political and social openness and positive interaction effects with openness when the FDI is through a JV.  However, political and social openness show significantly different influences on subsidiary mortality.


Dhanaraj, Charles and Paul Beamish. 2004. Effect of equity ownership on the survival of international joint ventures. Strategic Management Journal, 25(3): 295-305.

Keywords: International joint ventures; Equity ownership; Mortality; Survival; Stability; Transaction cost; Japan.

Abstract: This note extends transaction cost analysis of International Joint Ventures (IJVs) to include explicitly the effect of equity. It challenges the common practice of treating all foreign investments with between 5 and 95% equity as IJVs. A fine-grained analysis of the role of foreign equity ownership on the survival of 12,984 overseas subsidiaries confirms a declining, non-linear and asymmetrical relationship between equity and mortality in overseas subsidiaries. While investments involving small ownership levels (<20%) have a very high mortality rates, those with high ownership levels (>80%) have mortality rates comparable to that of wholly owned subsidiaries. Implications for research, practice and policy are discussed.


Dolansky, Eric and Ilan Alon. 2008. Religious freedom, religious diversity, and Japanese foreign direct investment. Research in International Business and Finance, 22(1): 29-39.

Keywords: Religion; Freedom; Diversity; Foreign direct investment (FDI); Japan.

Abstract: Research into the links between religion and foreign direct investment is scarce, partly because research on religion has not been the traditional domain of business and economics. Nevertheless, religion affects the economies, political structures, legal environments, and social behaviors of people around the world and is, therefore, an important element of the international business environments. Foreign direct investment (FDI) decisions are often made after an assessment of the international business environments. This article makes a singular contribution by focusing on the impact of religion - religious freedom and religious diversity - on the foreign direct investment of Japanese companies. We find that national income and religious diversity significantly influence Japanese decisions to invest.


Dutta, Dev K. and Paul W. Beamish. 2013. Expatriate managers, product relatedness and IJV performance: A resource and knowledge-based perspective. Journal of International Management, 19: 152 – 162.

Keywords: Managerial resources; Expatriates; Japanese international joint ventures.

Abstract: Drawing from the resource and knowledge-based perspectives, we examine the role expatriates play as a critical managerial resource within the multinational's international joint-venture (IJV). Using a large sample (3772 IJV annual performance years) of Japanese IJVs in the USA from 1991-2001, we find that expatriate deployment shows a curvilinear (inverted-U) relationship with IJV performance. Further, this relationship is positively moderated by product relatedness between the parent and the IJV.


Dutta, Dev K. and Paul W. Beamish. 2009. Discretion and internationalisation: Impact of environmental determinants of managerial discretion and host country experience on entry mode choice. International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, 2(3/4): 267-285.

Keywords: Environmental determinants of managerial discretion; Entry mode choice; Host country experience; Process view of internationalisation.

Abstract: We examine the impact of the environmental determinants of managerial discretion on the internationalisation of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) reflected in its choice of mode of entry. Using insights from the behavioural theory of the firm and the process view of internationalisation, we show that a composite measure of the environmental determinants of managerial discretion affects the MNE’s choice of entry mode, with comparatively higher levels of environmental influence leading managers to choose the IJV (over WOS). At the same time, this relationship between the environmental determinants of managerial discretion and entry mode choice is intensified when the MNE has had prior host country experience.


Fang, Yulin, G.L. Frank Jiang, Shige Makino and Paul W. Beamish. 2010. Multinational firm knowledge, use of expatriates, and foreign subsidiary performance. Journal of Management Studies, 47(1): 27-54.

Keywords: Expatriate; Location specificity; Marketing knowledge; Technological knowledge; Multinational enterprise; subsidiary performance.

Abstract: The impact of knowledge transfer on foreign subsidiary performance has been a major focus of research on knowledge management in multinational enterprises (MNE). By integrating the knowledge-based view and the expatriation literature, this study examines the relationship between a multinational firm’s knowledge (i.e., marketing and technological knowledge), its use of expatriates, and the performance of its foreign subsidiaries. We conceptualize that expatriates play a contingent role in facilitating the transfer and redeployment of a parent firm’s knowledge to its subsidiary, depending on the location specificity of the organizational knowledge being transferred and the time of transfer. Our analysis of 1,660 foreign subsidiaries of Japanese firms over a fifteen-year period indicates that the number of expatriates relative to the total number of subsidiary employees (1) strengthened the effect of a parent firm’s technological knowledge (with low location specificity) on subsidiary performance in the short term, but (2) weakened the impact of the parent firm’s marketing knowledge (with high location specificity) on subsidiary performance in the long term. We also found that the expatriates’ influence on knowledge transfer eventually disappeared. The implications for knowledge transfer research and the expatriate management literature are discussed.


Fang, Yulin, Michael Wade, Andrew Delios and Paul W. Beamish. 2013. An exploration of multinational enterprise knowledge resources and foreign subsidiary performance. Journal of World Business, 48(1): 30-38.

Keywords: Knowledge transfer; International diversification; Synergy; Subsidiary performance; Foreign direct investment; Japanese firms

Abstract: Successful international expansion requires that parent firms simultaneously transfer multiple MNE knowledge resources and their foreign subsidiaries effectively absorb and utilize the knowledge. In this study, we examine the relationships between multiple knowledge resources (technological and marketing knowledge), the relatedness between parents and foreign subsidiaries, and subsidiary performance. Relatedness is specifically linked to the type of knowledge being transferred from the parent (i.e., technological relatedness versus market relatedness). We hypothesize that subsidiary performance improves with (1) the integration of a parent firm’s technological and marketing knowledge resources, (2) high technological (market) relatedness between a parent firm and subsidiaries for transfer of parent technological (market) knowledge and (3) the co-presence of high technological and market relatedness. We find general support in our analysis of pooled cross-sectional data on more than 4,000 observations of foreign subsidiaries from 572 Japanese MNEs across 47 countries. Theoretical implications and future research are discussed.


Fang, Yulin, Michael Wade, Andrew Delios and Paul W. Beamish. 2007. International diversification, subsidiary performance and the mobility of knowledge resources. Strategic Management Journal, 28(10): 1053-1064.

Keywords: Resource-based view, Knowledge transfer; International diversification; Subsidiary performance; Japanese foreign direct investment; Intangible assets.

Abstract: We examine the link between international diversification, organizational knowledge resources and subsidiary performance. The success of international corporate diversification depends on a firm’s capability to transfer knowledge to its subsidiaries, and how its local subsidiaries effectively utilize that knowledge. As knowledge resources are imperfectly mobile, a firm may find it difficult to transfer knowledge to its subsidiaries. In our analysis of 4,964 Japanese subsidiaries over a fourteen year period, we find that knowledge that is valuable, but not rare, positively affects subsidiary performance in the short-term, but not the long-term. In contrast, knowledge that is both valuable and rare affects subsidiary performance in the long-term, but not the short-term.


Farah, Bassam, Dwarka Chakravarty, Luis Dau and Paul W. Beamish. 2022. Multinational Enterprise Parent-Subsidiary Governance and Performance. Journal of World Business, 57(2): 101271. ( Open Access.

Keywords: Agency theory; Institutional theory; Multinational enterprise parent-subsidiary governance, Ownership; Expatriates; Regional headquarters; Host country governance quality; Survival; Performance.

Abstract: We investigate the relationship between multinational enterprise parent-subsidiary governance (MNEPSG), host country governance quality (HCGQ), and foreign subsidiary survival. We draw upon agency theory, MNEPSG literature, and institutional theory to develop a holistic conceptual model. We test our hypotheses using a large longitudinal sample of 1,711 MNEs and 13,398 subsidiaries in 63 countries from 1990-2013. We find that key MNEPSG mechanisms (Ownership, Expatriates, and Regional Headquarters) positively impact foreign subsidiary survival, whereas HCGQ negatively impacts it; and that increasing Ownership and Expatriates is more effective in high HCGQ contexts. We discuss important implications for research and practice.

Farah, B., R. Elias, D. Chakravarty and P.W. Beamish. 2021. Host country corporate income tax rate and foreign subsidiary survival. Journal of World Business, 56(2): 101186.

Keywords: Multinational enterprise; Corporate tax; Country specific advantage; Subsidiary; Survival.

Abstract: Host country tax considerations are critical to multinational enterprise (MNE) foreign direct investment decisions, but understudied in international business (IB) research. We address this gap by examining the relationship between host country corporate income tax rates (HCCITRs) and foreign subsidiary survival. We develop our hypothesis drawing upon location/country-specific advantage theory and international tax literature. Our longitudinal sample (1990–2013) comprises 13,468 MNE subsidiaries in 78 countries. Results indicate a one standard deviation (7.7 %) decrease in HCCITR increases subsidiary survival probability (at any given time) by 33 %. This effect is stronger compared to several well studied explanatory variables in IB survival analysis.


Gaur, Ajai Singh, Andrew Delios and Kulwant Singh. 2007. Institutional environments staffing strategies and subsidiary performance. Journal of Management, 33(4): 611-636.


Abstract: We adopt and develop an institutional perspective to advance our understanding of how host country environments influence subsidiary staffing strategies. We propose and find that firms rely more on parent company nationals (expatriates) in institutionally distant environments for reasons related to the efficient transfer of management practices and firm-specific capabilities. Further, we find that the positive influence of expatriate staffing levels on subsidiary performance (subsidiary labor productivity) is dependent on the institutional distance between the host and home country, and subsidiary experience. We base our findings on our analysis of expatriate employment levels and performance in 12,997 foreign subsidiaries of 2,952 Japanese firms in 48 countries.


Gaur, Ajai and Jane W. Lu. 2007. Ownership strategies and subsidiary survival: Impacts of institutional distance and experience. Journal of Management, 33(1): 84-110.

Keywords: Subsidiary performance; Regulative distance; Normative distance; Equity ownership; Wholly-owned subsidiaries; Joint ventures.

Abstract: We integrate institutional theory and organizational learning perspective and propose a contingency framework on the relationship between ownership strategies and subsidiary performance.  Using a sample of Japanese subsidiaries worldwide, we found important main effects of ownership, institutional distance and host country experience on subsidiary survival.  Further the effect of ownership was contingent on institutional distance and host country experience.  In institutionally distant countries, subsidiaries had higher survival chances if the foreign parent had higher ownership.  Host country experience had a negative impact on subsidiary survival, but the effect was weaker if foreign parents had higher ownership positions in the subsidiaries.


Getachew, Yamlaksira and Paul W. Beamish. 2021. Unbundling the Effects of Host-Country Institutions on Foreign Subsidiary Survival: A Case for Subsidiary Heterogeneity. Journal of World Business, 56(4): 101226.

Keywords:  Contracting institutions; Property rights institutions; Foreign subsidiary survival; Market seeking subsidiaries; Resource-seeking subsidiaries.

Abstract: This study seeks to advance a fine-grained understanding of the relationship between host-country institutions and foreign subsidiary survival by unbundling institutions into contracting and property rights institutions as well as engaging subsidiary-level heterogeneity. We argue that the adverse effects of weak contracting institutions are stronger for market-seeking subsidiaries. In contrast, we contend that weak property rights institutions are more detrimental to the survival of resource-seeking subsidiaries. Data from a longitudinal, paired-sample design of Japanese foreign subsidiaries operating across 46 countries provide support for these arguments. The results underscore the need to better understand institutional diversity as well as subsidiary heterogeneity.


Getachew, Yamlaksira and Paul W. Beamish.  2017.  Foreign subsidiary exit from Africa:  The effects of investment purpose, diversity and orientation.  Global Strategy Journal, 7(1): 58-82.


Abstract: This study considers the exit likelihood of foreign subsidiaries operating in Africa and identifies strategic orientations which can improve their chances of survival. We find that, on average, subsidiaries entering the African market have a greater exit likelihood than those entering the OECD market. However, those subsidiaries entering the African market with diverse investment purposes or greater market-seeking orientation are less likely to exit as they tend to enjoy flexibility, adaptability, and learning advantages useful in mitigating economic challenges and/or tapping into strategic opportunities


Goerzen, Anthony. 2007. Alliance networks and firm performance: The impact of repeated partnerships. Strategic Management Journal, 28(5): 487-509.

Keywords: Networks; Interorganizational alliances; Technological uncertainty; Multinational corporation.

Abstract: A phenomenon that has become the focus of recent research on interorganizational alliance network growth is that firms often enter into repeated relationships with prior partners. The implications of this tendency on corporate performance, however, are not well understood. From transaction cost and network perspectives, I test competing hypotheses on a large sample of multinational corporations. My results indicate clearly that firms not only often do enter into repeated equity-based partnerships but also that those with a greater propensity to do so experience inferior economic performance. Further, statistical tests indicate that the negative effect of repeated partnerships on performance is particularly strong in environments of greater technological uncertainty.


Goerzen, Anthony and Paul W. Beamish. 2007. The Penrose effect: ‘Excess’ expatriates in multinational enterprises. Management International Review, 47(2): 221-239.

Keywords: Multinational enterprises; Penrose; Expatriates; Organizational slack; Human resources.

Abstract: The issue of expatriate staffing has received a great deal of attention by researchers in recent years, as it is an important element of a multinational enterprise’s human resource management strategy. Yet, as suggested by Black, Mendenhall, & Oddou (1991) and Boyacigiller (1990), much of what has been published on this topic has been anecdotal and without empirical support. Therefore, following the advice of Sako (1999: 125) that managers should be “more concerned with the detailed mechanisms for communicating tacit knowledge across the firm’s boundary,” this study was designed to improve our understanding of the strategic management of expatriates. By adopting a contingency theory approach to MNEs to analyze a very large sample of Japanese subsidiaries in the US, it was found that even after controlling for subsidiary size, age, and industry, those firms with more expatriates have a greater probability of inferior performance on average as compared to those that have leaner expatriate staffing. However, when the MNE has a high level of experience in dealing in the host country, those operations with “excess” expatriates (i.e., greater relative numbers as compared to their closest competitors) are more likely to achieve superior performance.


Goerzen, Anthony and Paul W. Beamish. 2005. Changing patterns in Japanese investment in Canada. Ivey Business Journal, March-April: 1-8.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Market entry; Entry mode; Joint ventures; Ownership; Market expansion; Foreign investment; Government; Japan.

Abstract: Japanese firms investing in Canada tend to be highly successful with diversified holdings in a large number of countries. Their investments add to the diversity of Canada’s production and employment base while placing Canada in a knowledge sharing network of operations.  This article analyzes the major trends in Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) into Canada, discusses the factors that attract FDI from Japan, and traces the temporal change in their relative importance. The data presented is based on surveys of Japanese firms with operations in Canada. Conducted between 1992 and 2003, the surveys account for nearly all Japanese FDI.

While parent firms range across a variety of industries, the manufacturing sector is increasingly the target of Japanese investment in Canada. Furthermore, although Japanese investment motives are many and nuanced, a greater effort needs to be made to understand and meet important demand characteristics. This article underlines both the Japanese sensitivity to Canadian policy and the importance of developing a better understanding of the types of expertise that Japanese firms seek. For instance, Japanese investors want to hire Canadians who are both technically proficient in the types of processes and products that the Japanese are interested in locating abroad, and possess an enhanced appreciation of the Japanese approach to business.


Goerzen, Anthony and Paul W. Beamish. 2005. The effect of alliance network diversity on multinational enterprise performance. Strategic Management Journal, 26(4): 333-354.

Keywords: Multinational enterprise; Network; Alliance; Joint venture; Diversification.

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of alliance network diversity on multinational enterprise (MNE) economic performance. We consider competing hypotheses derived, alternatively, from transaction cost theory and network theory. Using a latent variable structural equation modeling approach on a sample of 580 large MNEs, we find that MNEs with more diverse alliance networks experience lower economic performance on average with those than less diverse alliance networks.

Goerzen, Anthony and Paul W. Beamish. 2003. Geographic scope and multinational enterprise performance. Strategic Management Journal, 24(13): 1289-1306.

Keywords: Multinational enterprise; Geographic scope; Internalization theory; Japan .

Abstract: Through an internalization theory lens, an argument is developed to suggest that the traditional concept of geographic scope should be split into two related, but more precise, elements of international asset dispersion and country environment diversity. Subsequently, these new concepts are tested using a structural equation modeling approach on a sample of 580 large multinational enterprises (MNEs). We find that the relationship between economic performance and international asset dispersion is positive, but that country environment diversity is negatively associated with performance, with a positive interaction between them. This study adds to our theoretical understanding of MNEs, and also provides a bridge between the mixed findings of prior research on multinationality by disentangling the unique effects of the latent subcomponents of geographic scope on firm performance.


Goerzen, Anthony and Shige Makino. 2007. Multinational corporation internationalization in the service sector: A study of Japanese trading companies. Journal of International Business Studies, 38(7): 1149-1169.

Keywords: multinational corporation; internationalization; service sector; Japanese trading company; Sogo Shosha

Abstract: This paper extends Chang’s (1995) sequential investment theory to include multinational corporations (MNCs) in service industries, given this sector’s large and growing impact on the global economy. To facilitate an examination of service MNC internationalization patterns, we develop a new typology of service investment (i.e., Core-global, Related-local, Unrelated-global, and Unrelated-local) based on business relatedness and location-specificity. We test this typology on a sample of large Japanese trading companies; our results suggest that the initial investments of service MNCs are closely related to their core businesses and are less location-specific, but that subsequent investments are less related to firms’ core services and are more location-specific—a pattern similar to the traditional view on manufacturing MNCs. We extend our analysis to examine several case studies to provide richer context for these findings. In addition, we examine the performance implications of internationalization. Our findings suggest that firms that internationalize through early investments that are closely related to their core activities outperform those in unrelated businesses over time but that this performance gap between related and unrelated foreign investments diminishes in more advanced stages of internationalization.


Goerzen, Anthony, Stephen Sapp and Andrew Delios. 2010. Investor response to environmental risk in foreign direct investment. Management International Review, 50(6): 683-708.

Keywords: Multinational corporation; Foreign direct investment; Environmental risk; Firm experience; Joint ventures.

Abstract: The theory of internalization suggests that proprietary assets—usually in the form of advertising and/or marketing capabilities—are the key to understanding a firm’s ability to create value in foreign markets. We show that the capacity of a multinational corporation to create value in a foreign direct investment (FDI) can also result from the use of an alternative proprietary asset; that is, the skills and management expertise that are acquired through the accumulation of various forms of foreign experience. The value creation comes from the extension of a firm’s experience-based capabilities to the host country to mitigate country-level risks. This experience can moderate the negative influence of environmental risk to create value for a firm and its investors.


Hashai, Niron and Andrew Delios. 2012. Balancing growth across geographic diversification and product diversification:  A contingency approach.  International Business Review, 21(6):  1052-1064.

Keywords: Balancing growth; Geographic diversification; Japan; Product diversification

Abstract: We theorize that firms simultaneously seek to balance their growth across both the geographic and product diversification domains. To achieve this balance, businesses commonly adopt a strategy of expanding an under-diversified direction at the expense of an over-diversified one. Accordingly, we depict geographic diversification and product diversification as being an endogenous relationship, from which we hypothesize that firms that have under-diversified in a given direction and over-diversified in the other will expand the former at the expense of the latter. Meanwhile, firms that have under-diversified in both directions will expand both diversification paths, while firms that have over-diversified in both directions will contract in both diversification routes. We investigate these predicted relationships and show them empirically using a sample of leading Japanese multinationals in the 1990–2000 period.


Hebert, Louis, Philippe Very and Paul W. Beamish. 2005. Expatriation as a bridge over troubled water: A knowledge-based perspective applied to cross-border acquisitions. Organization Studies, Special Issue, 26(10): 1455-1476.

Keywords: OLKM; International; Acquisitions; Expatriate.

Abstract: Do expatriate managers fulfil the role of «value-seeking connectors» in cross-borders acquisitions? Building from the organizational knowledge and the MNC literature, this paper focuses on the use of expatriate managers for transferring experience-based knowledge within the MNC and its impact on acquired subsidiary survival. The paper examines a portfolio of experience, including industry, host country and acquisition experience. Using a sample of cross-border acquisitions by Japanese MNCs, we empirically analyzed the impact of expatriates on the relationship between the acquirer’s portfolio of experience and the survival of the acquired subsidiary. Results show that the contribution of expatriates to the acquired firm survival varies considerably depending on the type of experience considered. In fact, connectivity through expatriation is costly and only when appropriately sent abroad, expatriates can build an effective bridge over the troubled water characterizing the challenging post-acquisition integration.


Henisz, Witold J. and Andrew Delios. 2004. Information or influence: The benefits of experience for managing political uncertainty. Strategic Organization, 2(4): 389-419.


Abstract: We examine the extent to which two sources of uncertainty over the future policy environment – political hazards and regime change – influence foreign-owned subsidiary exit rates. We find that prior exits by peer firms enhance exit rates particularly when political hazards are high. We also find that a multinational firm’s own experience under the current political regime has a moderating influence on subsidiary exit rates in the presence of political hazards but it enhances exit rates after a change in the political regime. These findings support the argument that in contrast to the informational benefit conferred by prior peer firm exits, own firm experience proxies for actual or perceived influence in a nation’s policy making process.


Henisz, Witold J. and Andrew Delios. 2001. Uncertainty, imitation, and plant location: Japanese multinational corporations, 1990-96. Administrative Science Quarterly, 46(3): 443-475.


Abstract: In a study of a sample of 2,705 international plant location decisions by listed Japanese multinational corporations across a possible set of 155 countries in the 1990-1996 period, a neoinstitutional theory and research on political institutions is used to explain organizational entry into new geographic markets. Neoinstitutional theory's proposition that prior decisions and actions by other organizations provide legitimization and information to a decision marked by uncertainty is extended, showing that this effect holds when the uncertainty comes from a firm's lack of experience in a market but not when the uncertainty derives from the structure of a market's policymaking apparatus.


Hong, Eunsuk, In Hyeock Lee and Shige Makino. 2019. Outbound Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Motivation and Domestic Employment by Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). Journal of International Management, 25(2): 100657.

Keywords: Outbound FD; Domestic employment; Strategic substitute; Strategic complement; FDI motivations; Japanese MNEs.

Abstract: This study investigates whether and how outbound FDI boosts or reduces domestic employment by MNEs. Based on analyses of a firm-level sample of 18,252 subsidiary-year cases of Japanese MNEs in 59 countries from 1996 to 2010, the findings indicate that outbound FDI motivated by (1) market seeking for scale and scope expansion, (2) natural resource seeking, or (3) strategic asset seeking tends to serve as a “strategic complement” that enhances domestic employment by MNEs. However, outbound FDI motivated by (4) market seeking associated with declines in domestic demand or (5) labor resource seeking tends to act as a “strategic substitute” that reduces domestic employment by MNEs. The implications for theory, practice, and policymaking are discussed.


Hu, Tianyou, Amit Jain and Andrew Delios. 2021. Centrality Asymmetry and Partner Complementarity as Influences on Alliance Dissolution. British Journal of Management, 32(1): 59-79.


Abstract: Research on interfirm alliances indicates that partner firms’ asymmetry in network centrality increases the likelihood of alliance dissolution because it gives rise to a power imbalance and opportunism in the partnership. We contend that this view of centrality asymmetry does not consider the binding force that network resource complementarity can provide in an alliance, which motivates partners to ally for the long term. We propose that centrality asymmetry can have both divisive and cohesive forces in an alliance, which – when considered together – lead to a prediction that centrality asymmetry has a U-shaped relationship with alliance dissolution. Moderate levels of asymmetry lead to lower rates of dissolution than high and low levels of asymmetry. The degree of cooperation between partners and the degree of external competition reduce the effects of centrality asymmetry on alliance dissolution because they mitigate power imbalances while encouraging partners to strengthen the alliance to withstand competitive challenges.


Hu, Tianyou, Siddharth Natarajan and Andrew Delios. 2021. Sister cities, cross-national FDI, and the subnational FDI location decision. Journal of International Business Studies, 52, 1279-1301.

Keywords: Intergovernmental ties; Decentralization; Subnational location choice; Sister cities; Country selection.

Abstract: We investigate how intergovernmental ties at subnational levels between home and host countries influence the intensity and location of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows. We focus on an intriguing type of subnational tie, namely, International Friendship (Sister) Cities. A sister city is a decentralized form of intergovernmental relationship that provides a platform by which a multinational corporation (MNC) can approach a local government, customers, and clients to acquire localized information and political capabilities. We argue that cities with a sister-city relationship attract more FDIs than other similar cities within a host country. The benefit extends to the national level as MNCs have higher FDI levels in host countries with a greater number of sister cities with their home country. We further investigate whether the effect of sister cities on an MNC’s country selection is greater when host-country subnational governments have a higher degree of autonomy relative to the national government, and lesser when governments have a higher level of policy uncertainty. Using data from the 1990–2009 period, we find consistent support for our ideas as tested at two levels of analysis: a city-level matched sample analysis on Japanese FDI inflows, and a country-level analysis on Japanese MNCs’ country selection.


Jiang, Guoliang F., Guy L.F. Holburn and Paul W. Beamish. 2020. Repeat market entries in the internationalization process: The impact of investment motives and corporate capabilities. Global Strategy Journal, 10(2): 335-360.   

Keywords: Repeat market entries; investment motives; corporate capabilities; FDI; mixed logit model.

Abstract: Multinational firms often make multiple investments over time in a concentrated set of countries, accumulating superior knowledge and capabilities in these environments. Researchers have nonetheless uncovered factors that can lead firms to deviate from strategic trajectories defined by their prior investments. In a statistical analysis of country entry decisions by Japanese manufacturing firms over a 35-year period, we found that firms’ tendencies to re-invest in the same host countries were smaller for horizontal (i.e. market-seeking) investments but greater for vertical (i.e. efficiency-seeking) investments. We also found that organizational capabilities influence the geographic trajectory of international expansion: firms with stronger marketing and production capabilities were less likely to be influenced by the locations of prior entries and were more likely to invest in new countries. 


Jiang, Guoliang F., Guy L.F. Holburn and Paul W. Beamish. 2016. The spatial structure of foreign subsidiaries and MNE expansion strategy. Journal of World Business, 51(3): 438 - 450.

Keywords: Spatial transaction costs; Geographic distance; Internalization; Location choice.

Abstract: Drawing on internalization theory and economic geography research, we examine how the spatial structure of MNE subsidiaries in supranational regions affects subsidiary location choices. Our analysis of foreign production investments by Japanese manufacturing firms from 1971-2006 supports our theoretical predictions: firms were more likely to establish new production subsidiaries in countries geographically more proximate to existing production subsidiaries, but not to trading subsidiaries, in the same region. The proximity effect diminished for production subsidiaries engaged in accessing natural resources or R&D. Performance of production subsidiaries was also stronger for those closer to other production subsidiaries in the same region.


Jiang, Guoliang F., Guy L.F. Holburn and Paul W. Beamish. 2014. The impact of vicarious experience on foreign location strategy.  Journal of International Management, 20(3): 345-358.

Keywords: FDI, location choice, vicarious experience.

Abstract: MNEs can learn from the foreign investment experiences of other firms when evaluating their own foreign entry strategies.  We argue that other firms’ experiences reduce investment barriers arising from formal and informal institutional environments in host countries that are dissimilar from an MNE’s home country, thereby encouraging new entry.  Our empirical analysis of foreign entries by Japanese public manufacturing forms over more than a thirty-year period indicates that the prior experiences of other firms in a host country mitigate the negative effect of formal and informal institutional distance on entry decisions: as other firms’ experiences in a host country increase, a firm is less deterred by greater institutional distance from entering the country.  We also find that the distance-mitigating effect of other firms’ experiences in different industries is less significant when a larger body of same-industry firm experience exists in a country, implying a substitution effect between different types of vicarious experience.


Jiang, Guoliang F., Jeffrey Reuer, Colette Southam and Paul Beamish. 2022. The Impact of Initial Price Offerings on SMEs’ Foreign Investment Decisions. Journal of International Business Studies, ( Open Access.

Keywords: small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); initial public offerings (IPOs); foreign direct investment; internationalization theories and foreign market entry; difference-in-differences analysis; coarsened exact matching

Abstract: This study aims to bridge the research on the internationalization of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the literature on initial public offerings (IPOs). It investigates how IPOs affect SMEs’ foreign investment decisions as they internationalize. We argue that IPOs enable SMEs to engage in a period of accelerated foreign expansion, resulting in a wave-like pattern, as suggested by Håkanson and Kappen’s (J Int Bus Stud 48(9):1103–1113, 2017) ‘Casino model’ of internationalization. We also propose that there will be a post-IPO shift in SMEs entering less familiar locations and towards taking higher ownership stakes in new subsidiaries. We use a difference-in-differences design combined with coarsened exact matching to isolate the effects of IPOs. Our analysis of overseas investments by a matched sample of newly listed Japanese manufacturing SMEs and their private counterparts provides strong evidence that SMEs accelerate the pace of establishing new foreign subsidiaries after going public. The results also reveal nuanced changes in the location and ownership patterns in the post-IPO period. This study identifies the IPO as a significant antecedent to SME foreign expansion and offers a new explanation for intertemporal variance in the pace, direction, and commitment of the SME internationalization process.


Jiang, Guoliang F., Jae C. Jung and Shige Makino. 2020. Parent firm corporate social responsibility and overseas subsidiary performance: A signaling perspective. Journal of World Business, 55(6): 101141.

Keywords: MNE; subsidiary; performance; signaling theory; corporate social responsibility (CSR); signaling environment.

Abstract: This study examines how the performance impact of parent firm CSR on overseas subsidiaries may vary according to the task, the institutional, and the informational aspects of the signaling environment facing host country stakeholders. We argue that subsidiary primary activity, host country media freedom, and localized information concerning the parent firm influence host country stakeholders’ informational needs and the patterns of information dissemination and acquisition, thereby moderating the performance-enhancing effect of parent firm CSR. Our analysis of Japanese overseas investments from 2002-2014 largely supports our hypotheses and illustrates the significance of environmental contingencies in cross-border CSR signaling.


Jiang, Ruihua Joy and Paul W. Beamish. 2005. Japanese expansion in China: A cautionary tale. Ivey Business Journal, May-June, Reprint #9B05TC02 (5 pg).

Keywords: Emerging markets; Market expansion; Strategic planning; Foreign investment; Performance; Joint ventures; Japan; China.

Abstract: Conventional business wisdom encourages swift expansion in potentially lucrative emerging markets such as China. However, a comparative analysis of the performance of Japanese subsidiaries in China suggests that when Japanese companies set up subsequent subsidiaries too quickly after they have entered China, the subsequent subsidiaries tend to have a lower likelihood of survival, growth, and profitability. This article uses data derived from the 2001 Toyo Keizai (The Oriental Economist) surveys of 3,416 Japanese subsidiaries that belong to 1,578 parent firms that were established in China between 1980 and 2001. The impact on the pace of expansion of factors such as the firms’ prior resource base, the type of venture (joint ventures versus wholly owned subsidiaries), and strategic choices, such as timing of first entry into China is considered. The majority of Japanese firms seem to have rushed to expand in China, and have done so to negative consequences to performance as measured by survival, sales growth over five years, and profitability.  This article details why companies should pace subsequent expansions in markets like China in a more cautious manner. It suggests that parent companies only increase their commitment to market expansion as they develop a better understanding of the local competition and as the market uncertainty declines over time.


Jiang, Ruihua, Paul W. Beamish and Shige Makino. 2014. The time compression diseconomies of foreign expansion. Journal of World Business, 49(1): 114-121.

Keywords: Time compression diseconomies; Speed of foreign expansion; Uppsala Model; Resource-based view; Subsidiary performance.

Abstract: Time compression diseconomies (TCD) in resource development impact the durability of competitive advantage according to the resource-based view. The Uppsala model emphasizes experiential learning, which is subject to TCD. TCD joins the two perspectives and can help explain the foreign expansion process. We found the existence of TCD in post-entry expansion by examining the speed of establishing subsequent subsidiaries and the performance outcomes. Speed was negatively associated with subsidiary survival. TCD was exacerbated with environmental uncertainty and lack of vicarious learning, so that early mover subsidiary are less likely to make a profit when they are established with faster speed.


Jung, Jae C. and Pratima Bansal. 2009. How firm performance affects internationalization. Management International Review, 49(6): 709-732.

Keywords: Internationalization; Relative performance; Risk-taking; Prospect theory; Behavioral perspectives; Multinational enterprise; FDI.

Abstract: Only a few studies have investigated whether a firm’s performance has an effect on its internationalization. These studies, focusing on actual firm performance, have suggested a resource-based argument and generally found non-significant results. In this paper, we argue that relative firm performance is critical in determining a firm’s internationalization because it influences a firm’s attitude toward risk-taking. We apply prospect theory to predict this relationship. Using time-series, cross-sectional analysis of 701 Japanese firms from 1993 to 1998, we uncovered an inverted-U shaped relationship between a firm’s relative performance and its degree of internationalization using its historical performance target. As compared to the industry target, relative performance showed a positive impact on a firm’s internationalization.


Jung, Jae, Paul W. Beamish and Anthony Goerzen. 2010. Dynamics of experience, environment and MNE ownership strategy. Management International Review, 50(3): 267-296.

Keywords: Multinational enterprises (MNE); Ownership strategy; Change; Resource-based view (RBV); Transaction cost economics (TCE); Foreign direct investment.

Abstract: This study investigates the conditions under which environmental and firm-level factors affect MNE ownership strategy. We theorize that these effects are related to changes over time, which we subdivide into the aspects of absolute and relative magnitude. We develop and test four hypotheses using longitudinal data on Japanese FDI. At the environmental level, the proliferation of FDI opportunities significantly increases the use of international joint ventures (IJVs). At the firm level, increase in FDI experience has a significant positive effect on the use of IJVs.


Jung, Jae, Paul W. Beamish and Anthony Goerzen. 2008. FDI ownership strategy: A Japanese-US MNE comparison. Management International Review, 48(5): 491-524.

Keywords: Foreign direct investment; Multinational enterprise; Ownership strategy; Joint venture; Wholly-owned subsidiary; Performance; Japan; US.

Abstract: Much of the extant literature characterizes international joint venture (IJV) as a less stable and less successful form of organization. In this view, the IJV is considered a suboptimal ownership strategy, one where the firm lacks control over its operations, compared to wholly-owned subsidiary (WOS). We tested this widespread view on IJV and WOS by analyzing a large, longitudinal sample of Japanese MNEs, comparing our results to those from US MNEs reported in Desai et al. (2004) and Gomes-Casseres/Jenkins (2003). Japanese MNEs showed a stronger preference for IJVs over the last two decades as compared to US MNEs. IJV performance exceeded WOS among Japanese firms in most sample years, while WOSs outperformed IJVs among US subsidiaries in all sample years. Clear boundaries exist along the line of country-of-origin, with respect to the generalizability of the extant view toward IJVs.


Kim, Tai-Young, Andrew Delios and Dean Xu. 2010. Organizational geography, experiential learning, and subsidiary exit: Japanese foreign expansions in China, 1979-2001. Journal of Economic Geography, 10(4): 579-597.

Keywords: Foreign subsidiaries; Organizational geography; Vicarious learning; Experiential learning.

Abstract: We examine how experiential learning and vicarious learning, as tied to a subsidiary’s organizational geography, influence the exit rates of Japanese subsidiaries located in China. We find that exit rates were lower for subsidiaries that were established geographically proximate to the prior expansions of industry peers from Japan. Exit rates were also lower for subsidiaries established by firms with experience in similar product markets in China. Exit rates were greater, however, when a parent firm had substantial experience outside the product market of the current expansion. Importantly, the influence of a subsidiary’s geographic proximity to its peers on its exit rate is contingent on whether its parent firm had prior experience inside or outside the product market of the new expansion.


Kim, Young-Choon, Jane W. Lu and Mooweon Rhee. 2012. Learning from age difference: Interorganizational learning and survival in Japanese foreign subsidiaries. Journal of International Business Studies, 43(8): 719-745.


Abstract: This paper extends research on experiential learning by foreign subsidiaries and explores temporal conditions under which a foreign subsidiary can benefit from the experience of its sister subsidiaries. Building upon organizational evolution and learning literature, we propose that differences in entry timing among sister subsidiaries provide structural conditions that bound the opportunities for inter-subsidiary learning. Different entry cohorts of sister subsidiaries are beneficial to a focal subsidiary because they provide non-redundant, complementary experience from their different operational stages and ignite the motivation to learn. Our empirical analysis of Japanese foreign subsidiaries provides strong evidence that survival is enhanced due to the experience of different entry cohorts of sister subsidiaries, but not by that of similar cohorts. Qualitative findings also demonstrate that inter-subsidiary learning occurs through multiple channels of experience exchange across different cohorts of sister subsidiaries. We find that the survival benefit derived from different cohorts is contingent on the level of environmental change as well as the level of experience of the focal subsidiary and its parent firm. Our research highlights the importance of temporal heterogeneity in the internationalization process and offers implications for the temporal strategy of multinational companies.


Konopaske, Robert, Steve Werner and Kent E. Neupert. 2002.  Entry mode strategy and performance: The role of FDI staffing. Journal of Business Research, 55(9): 759-770.


Abstract: This study investigates the role of staffing approaches as a moderator of the relationship between entry mode strategy and performance of Japanese foreign direct investments (FDIs). Based on theories of a firm's resource profile, organizational structure, technology transfer, and ethnocentric and polycentric staffing, we hypothesize performance outcomes of Japanese overseas investments. For joint ventures, we find that ethnocentric staffing is negatively and significantly related to subsidiary performance. Conversely, for wholly owned ventures we find that ethnocentric staffing is positively and statistically significantly related to subsidiary performance. We discuss the implications for these findings from strategic and human resources perspectives.


Kunsch, David W., Karin Schnarr and W. Glenn Rowe. 2014.  The relational effect of the rule of law:  A comparative study of Japanese and South Korean foreign direct investment.  Asian Academy of Management Journal, 19(1): 147-167.

Keywords: Rule of law; Japan; South Korea; FDI     

Abstract: Building on institutional theory, this paper examines the relationship between the relative rule of law of home and host countries, the home country’s institutional frame and foreign direct investment (FDI). We suggest that firms based in countries with a higher level of rule of law will invest more FDI per capita in host countries with comparable or higher levels of legal protections. Further, companies based in countries with a lower rule of law are accustomed to lower degrees of institutional safeguards. For these latter countries, the comparable levels of rule of law between home and host country will not as strongly impact FDI per capita. We test our logic through an examination of FDI from two home countries with different levels of rule of law: Japan (high) and South Korea (medium). Using FDI data from Japanese firms in 114 countries and South Korean firms in 118 countries, we find that while rule of law is a predictor of FDI per capita, the relative nature of the rule of law between home and host countries in higher rule of law home countries is also important. In addition, we discover that companies from Japan, a high rule of law country do seek out similar or higher rule of law environments for higher levels of FDI per capita investments while companies from a medium level rule of law country, South Korea, are less beholden to institutional standards. Our study contributes to the literature looking at the impact of country-level factors on foreign investment decisions, suggesting that it is the comparative rather than absolute values that are important to understand as well as the institutional environment in the home country.


Lee, Hyoungjin, Chris Changwha Chung and Paul W. Beamish. 2019. Configuration of Characteristics of Mandate Portfolios and their Impact on Foreign Subsidiary Survival. Journal of World Business, 54(5): 100999.

Keywords: Subsidiary mandate; Resource dependence theory; Portfolio; Configuration.

Abstract: This study examines how the composition of subsidiaries’ mandates affects their survival, by investigating the configurational characteristics of mandate portfolios. Examining data from 1991 to 2017 on 14,952 foreign subsidiaries of 4,877 Japanese multinational enterprises (MNEs) reveals that while having a mandate portfolio with greater scope in relation to same-parent subsidiaries enhances the survivability of foreign subsidiaries, the effect is weakened when the portfolio has a higher degree of overlap with those of other same-parent subsidiaries. Conversely, when a subsidiary’s mandate portfolio puts a greater emphasis on the MNE's global value-chain activities, its effect on subsidiary survival is strengthened.


Lee, In Hyeock (Ian), Eunsuk Hong and Shige Makino. 2020. The effect of non-conventional outbound foreign direct investment (FDI) on the domestic employment of multinational enterprises (MNEs). International Business Review, 29(3): 101671.

Keywords : Non-conventional outbound FDI; Trade barriers; Financial hedge; Tax breaks; Domestic employment; Japanese MNEs.

Abstract : Using a sample of 787 Japanese MNEs operating in 60 countries from 1996 to 2010, this study examines the impacts of MNEs’ three most commonly observed forms of non-conventional outbound FDI (i.e., as a means to counter trade barriers, to achieve a financial hedge, or to obtain tax breaks) on domestic employment levels of MNEs at home. We build on a conceptual classification of ‘motivation-activity’ of MNEs as a theoretical framework, and evaluate the impacts of MNEs’ non-conventional outbound FDI on their domestic employment levels in relation to the MNEs’ specific combination of ‘motivation’ and ‘activity’ as they conduct outbound FDI in host countries. The 3SLS regression results show strong evidence that non-conventional outbound FDI in core business activities reduces MNEs’ domestic employment levels when the investment is primarily for responding to country-specific conditions, such as circumventing host country restrictions (e.g., FDI to counter trade barriers) or escaping from home country restrictions (e.g., FDI for tax incentive packages), while FDI in non-core business activities (e.g., FDI for financial hedging or FDI in tax havens) has either a positive or insignificant effect on MNEs’ domestic employment levels depending on whether it aims to develop FSAs or not. We conclude the study with public policy implications from these findings.


Lim, Dominic S.K., Nikhil Celly, Eric A. Morse and W. Glenn Rowe. 2013. Rethinking the effectiveness of asset and cost retrenchment: The contingency effects of a firm’s rent creation mechanism. Strategic Management Journal, 34(1): 42-61.

Keywords: Retrenchment; Ricardian rent; Schumpeterian rent; Resource-based view; Capabilities.

Abstract: This paper posits that the efficacy of different retrenchment strategies depends upon the firm’s core rent creation mechanism. We focus on two distinct mechanisms of rent creation: Ricardian rent creation based on the exploitation of resources and Schumpeterian rent creation based on explorative capabilities. We argue that cost retrenchment may have detrimental effects on firms with a relatively high Schumpeterian rent focus. On the other hand, asset retrenchment may erode the basis for future rent creation for firms with a higher Ricardian rent focus. Our findings based on a sample of large non-diversified Japanese firms highlight the differing degrees of fragility and recoverability of the two rent creation mechanisms in the context of different retrenchment strategies.


Lu, Jane. 2002. Intra- and inter-organizational imitative behaviour: Institutional influences on Japanese firms’ entry mode choice. Journal of International Business Studies, 33(1): 19-38.


Abstract: This paper compares the predictions of transaction cost and institutional theories in an empirical study of the entry mode choice for 1,194 Japanese foreign subsidiaries. The findings indicate the institutional model adds significant explanatory power over and above the predictions of the transaction cost model. Using the concepts of frequency-based, trait-based and outcome-based imitation, support was found for institutional isomorphism, as later entrants tended to follow the entry mode patterns established by earlier entrants. Isomorphic behavior was also present within a firm, as firms exhibited consistency in entry mode choices across time. Further, a firm's investment experience moderated institutional influences on entry mode choice.


Lu, Jane. 2000. The characteristics and performance of Japanese foreign direct investment in China. Journal of Asian Business, 16(3): 51-71.


Abstract: Despite the slowdown that occurred worldwide in Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the mid-1990s, Japanese FDI into China increased markedly. By the end of 1996, China was the home to 40 percent of Japan's annual outflows of foreign investment. Given the prominence of China as a host site for Japanese FDI, and the increasingly integrated role that China's economy is taking in the world economy overall, this research explores what form foreign investment, specifically Japanese, takes in China. The analysis in this research answers questions concerning how Japanese firms have invested in China in terms of the form or mode of entry, and in terms of the sectors in which investments have been made. The analysis also explores the differences in subsidiary characteristics across major sectors, and it links these differences in characteristics to the performance of foreign subsidiaries. This analysis finds that, contrary to Japanese investment in other regions and countries, the choice of entry mode does not have a discernable relationship to performance, while the capital intensity of the investments and the level of Japanese control are negatively correlated with subsidiary performance.


Lu, Jane and Paul W. Beamish. 2006. Partnering strategies and performance of SMEs’ international joint ventures. Journal of Business Venturing, 21(4): 461-486.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Internationalization; Alliances; Performance; Small and medium-sized enterprises; International joint ventures.

Abstract: The international joint venture (IJV) is an important mode in the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Internationalization in turn is an entrepreneurial behavior in the pursuit of growth. Partnering strategies in the formation of IJVs can have significant effects on the outcome of SMEs’ international expansion. In this study, we examine the performance implications of two types of resources contributed by SMEs’ IJV partners, host country knowledge and size-based resources. We develop and test three sets of hypotheses about the longevity and financial performance of a sample of 1,117 international joint ventures established in 43 countries by 614 Japanese SMEs that have fewer than 500 employees. Our findings indicate that SMEs’ IJVs with local partner(s) may be associated with decreases in longevity, especially when SMEs acquire host country knowledge. The host country experience of Japanese partner(s) does not have any direct effects on IJV performance but reduces the longevity of IJVs. Finally, the size of a Japanese partner increases the longevity of IJVs but may have negative effects on IJV profitability when large Japanese partners have low equity ownership in IJVs. Our findings highlight the differential effects that IJV partners’ experience-based and size-based resources have on IJV performance. Our findings also demonstrate that the same strategy could have different effects on different dimensions of performance.


Lu, Jane and Paul W. Beamish. 2006. SME internationalization and performance: Growth vs. profitability. Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 4(1): 27-48.

Keywords: FDI; Exporting; SME; Small business; International.

Abstract: Lu and Beamish (2001) examined the effect of two internationalization strategies, exporting and foreign direct investment (FDI), on SME performance (ROA). We extend this research by examining the differential effects of these strategies on two other dimensions of SME performance: growth and ROS. We develop and test four sets of hypotheses using a sample of 164 Japanese SMEs. We find that exporting activity has a positive impact on growth, but negative impact on profitability. FDI activity has a positive relationship with growth, but a U curve relationship with profitability. Exporting activity has a positive moderating effect on the relationship between an SME's FDI activity and firm growth, a negative moderating effect on the relationship between an SME's FDI activity and firm profitability. An SME’s age when it starts to make FDIs has a negative moderating impact on the relationship between FDI and firm growth and profitability.


Lu, Jane and Paul Beamish. 2004. International diversification and firm performance: The S-curve hypothesis. Academy of Management Journal, 47(4): 598-609.

Keywords: FDI; Performance; Internalization; Internationalization; Japan.

Abstract: We propose a new theoretical framework for the study of multinationality and performance. This framework takes into account both the benefits and the costs of geographic expansion across different phases of internationalization. Using a sample of 1,489 Japanese firms over a 12-year period, we find that the relationship between multinationality and performance has a consistent horizontal “S” curve relationship. Further, we find that firms which invest more heavily in the development of intangible assets, such as technology assets and advertising assets, achieve greater gains in profitability from growth in FDI activities. Our theoretical framework and empirical findings point to the complexity and temporal dynamics in the relationship between multinationality and performance.


Lu, Jane and Paul W. Beamish. 2004. Network development and firm performance: A field study of internationalizing Japanese firms, Multinational Business Review, Special Issue, 12(3): 41-61.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Internationalization; Networks, FDIs; Alliances; Performance.

Abstract: This paper explores the potential competitive advantages from the development of an internal network of subsidiaries and external network of alliances. Given the broad scope and lack of systematic investigation in prior research, clinical field research was conducted in eleven Japanese subsidiaries in China. Our in-depth interviews revealed that there are benefits and costs associated with the development of both subsidiary networks and alliance networks. While there are exploitation and exploration benefits from subsidiary network development, internationalizing firms (especially smaller firms) are subject to the liability of foreignness. Alliance network development is an effective way to mitigate this liability if internationalizing firms choose the right alliance strategy.


Lu, Jane and Paul W. Beamish. 2001. The internationalization and performance of SMEs. Strategic Management Journal, 22(6/7): 565-586.

Keywords: SMEs; Internationalization; Entrepreneurship; FDI; Exporting; Japan.

Abstract: We discuss and explore the effects of internationalization, an entrepreneurial strategy employed by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), on firm performance. Using concepts derived from the international business and entrepreneurship literatures, we develop four hypotheses that relate the extent of foreign direct investment (FDI) and exporting activity, and the relative use of alliances, to the corporate performance of internationalizing SMEs. Using a sample of 164 Japanese SMEs to test these hypotheses, we find that the positive impact of internationalization on performance extends primarily from the extent of a firm’s FDI activity. We also find evidence consistent with the perspective that firms face a liability of foreignness. When firms first initiate FDI activity, profitability declines, but greater levels of FDI are associated with higher performance. Exporting moderates the relationship FDI has with performance, as pursuing a strategy of high exporting concurrent with high FDI is less profitable than one that involves lower levels of exports when FDI levels are high. Finally, we find that alliances with partners with local knowledge can be an effective strategy to overcome the deficiencies SMEs face in resources and capabilities, when they expand into international markets.


Lu, Jane and Louis Hebert. 2005. Equity control and the survival of IJVs: A contingency approach. Journal of Business Research, 58(6): 736-745.


Abstract: This study attends to equivocal results regarding the relationship between equity control and IJV performance by proposing a transaction cost-based contingency framework. We examined the moderating effects of asset specificity and uncertainty on the relationship between foreign parent equity control and IJV survival in an empirical setting of Japanese IJVs in 12 Asian countries in the 1985-1996 period. Our findings suggest that in the presence of high asset specificity, high levels of foreign equity control can lead to higher IJV survival rates. Further, we find that social knowledge can serve as a substitute for equity control in IJVs and contribute to higher IJV survival rates.


Lu, Jane Wenzhen, and Xufei Ma. 2015. Partner resource asymmetry and IJV survival. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 32(4): 1039-1064.

Keywords: International joint ventures, Survival Resources, Learning, Ownership

Abstract: Drawing on the resource-based view (RBV) and learning perspective in the context of international joint ventures (IJVs), we attend to equivocal results regarding the relationship between partner resource asymmetry and IJV survival by examining different types of resource asymmetry (property-based versus knowledge-based) and by considering the interplay between resource asymmetry and ownership strategy. In a sample of 905 Japanese IJVs worldwide, we found that IJV partners’ industry knowledge asymmetry had a negative effect on an IJV’s survival likelihood. However, this negative effect could be reduced by the level of equity controlled by the partner who had more industry knowledge over the other partner. Our findings highlight the importance to consider the nature of resources and ownership strategy simultaneously in structuring IJVs.


Lu, Jane W. and Xufei Ma. 2008. The contingent value of local partners’ business group affiliations. Academy of Management Journal, 51(2): 295-314.

Keywords: Survival rates; growth; International joint ventures; Business groups.

Abstract: We investigate the value of local partners’ business group affiliation in international joint ventures (IJVs) by integrating economic and political perspectives on business groups with insights from the IJV literature. In a sample of 563 Sino-Japanese IJVs in China, we find that a local partner’s affiliation to a regional-level business group enhances IJV performance when an IJV is located in a foreign direct investment (FDI) restricted location. Meanwhile a local partner’s affiliation to a national-level business group enhances IJV performance when an IJV operates in an FDI restricted industry. Our findings point to the contingent value of business group affiliation in emerging economies.


Lu, Jane W. and Dean Xu. 2007. Technological knowledge, product relatedness, and parent control: The effect on IJV survival. Journal of Business Research, 60(11): 1166-1176.

Keywords: IJV survival; Technological knowledge; Product relatedness; Equity control; Managerial control.

Abstract: We examine the relationships among parent firm technological knowledge, parent-IJV product relatedness, parent control over the IJV, and IJV survival. Combining the knowledge-based perspective and institutional theory, we argue that parent control itself does not necessarily lead to higher IJV survival; it contributes to IJV survival when the parent firm has a high level of technological knowledge, and when the IJV is product-related to this parent. Results obtained from 1,038 Japanese IJVs based in China indicate that both equity control and managerial control of a Japanese parent had a positive interaction effect, with the parent’s technological knowledge, on IJV survival. Equity control also exhibited a positive interaction effect with product relatedness. In a sub-sample of 354 Sino-Japanese IJVs containing local parent information, managerial control by the Chinese parent was found to have a positive interaction effect, with Chinese parent-IJV product relatedness, on IJV survival.


Lu, Jane W. and Dean Xu. 2006. Growth and survival of international joint ventures: An external-internal legitimacy perspective. Journal of Management, 32(3): 426-448.

Keywords: Legitimacy; Growth; Survival; International joint ventures.

Abstract: We examine the growth and survival of international joint ventures (IJVs) from a legitimacy perspective. In a sample of 291 Sino-Japanese joint ventures in China, we found that Chinese parent age, Chinese parent size, and IJV industry relatedness to either parent had a positive effect on IJV growth and/or survival. However, IJV industry relatedness to both parents led to lower rates of IJV growth and survival. The findings highlight the difficulties IJVs face in acquiring internal legitimacy from both parents simultaneously.


Lupton, N.C., D. Behnam and A. Jimenez. 2021. Taking advantage of institutional weakness? Political stability and foreign subsidiary survival in primary industries. Multinational Business Review, forthcoming.

Keywords: Natural resources; Anti-globalization; Foreign direct investment (FDI); Legal compliance; Primary industries; Subsidiary exit hazard.

Abstract: This paper investigates the extent to which locating primary industry subsidiaries in politically unstable countries impacts their survival. The authors argue that foreign multinational enterprises in less stable political environments can shape policies that are impactful on the costs of operating in primary industries and avoid compliance with more stringent policies at home. Using a sample of 753 primary sector investments of Japanese multinational enterprises during the period 1986 to 2013, the authors conduct a parametric survival analysis of the relationship between political stability and subsidiary survival. Political instability has a slight, curvilinear relationship with subsidiary survival, such that both high and low stability are associated with lower exit hazard, while moderate levels of stability increased exit hazard. This nonlinear relationship is stronger for efficiency-seeking subsidiaries, and weaker for market-seeking subsidiaries.
Originality/value: This research contributes to the debate around the pros and cons of globalization by examining the extent to which firms benefit by offshoring primary sector investments to avoid more costly legal requirements at home. The results suggest that this non-market strategy should be mitigated through appropriate policy measures and provides evidence that those policies already implemented are effective.


Lupton, Nathaniel C., Guoliang Frank Jiang, Luis F. Escobar and Alfredo Jiménez. 2020. National Income Inequality and International Business Expansion. Business & Society, 59(8): 1630-1666.

Keywords: Inequality, institutional theory, international business, multinational firms, business in society.

Abstract: This paper examines the extent to which host country income inequality influences multinational enterprises' (MNEs) expansion strategy for foreign production investment, depending on their specific strategic objectives. Applying a transaction cost framework, we predict that national income inequality has an inverted U-shaped relationship with foreign production investment. As inequality increases, MNEs accrue lower transaction costs arising from interactions with various local actors, leading to higher probability of investment. As income inequality increases further, its effect on location attractiveness will become negative, as its attraction effect is increasingly offset by additional monitoring, bargaining and security costs owing to the more fractious nature of high inequality societies. In addition, we suggest that the impact of income inequality is contingent on investment objectives: the inverted U-shaped relationship is stronger for efficiency-seeking investment but weaker for market-seeking and competence-enhancing investments. We find substantial support for our hypotheses through an analysis of 27 years (1986-2012) of data on Japanese MNEs' overseas production entries.


Ma, Xufei and Andrew Delios. 2007. A new tale of two cities: Japanese FDIs in Shanghai and Beijing, 1979-2003. International Business Review, Special Issue on Foreign Investment in Transition Economies, 16(2): 207-228.


Abstract: Transitional economies can be characterized by considerable sub-national variation in economic and political characteristics. We investigate how this variance influences the timing of entry, entry mode, industrial traits and survival rates for Japanese foreign direct investments (FDIs) made in China’s two major metropolises – Shanghai, the economic center, and Beijing, the political capital. Using a sample of 1,610 subsidiaries of Japanese firms established during the 1979-2003 period, our empirical results show that Japanese MNEs tended to choose an economic-oriented rather than a political-oriented city as their investment location, with the consequence being higher survival likelihoods in Shanghai than in Beijing. This location choice helped Japanese firms avoid policy uncertainty and political hazards in China’s transition economy. Our findings highlight the point that fundamental features of institutional environments at sub-national levels should be analyzed when looking at investment strategy and performance in transitional economies.


Ma, Xufei, Andrew Delios and Shu Yu. 2020. Innovation in MNC’S strategy and structure: the (re) emergence of host country headquarters in large emerging markets. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 37: 609-632.

Keywords: Host-country headquarters; Subsidiary; Multinational corporations; Emerging Markets.

Abstract: Recent trends in the organization of multinational corporations (MNCs) in large emerging markets point to the (re)emergence of a host country headquarters (HCHQ) as a central structural element to the implementation of MNCs’ strategies in these countries. Yet, academic research on the strategy, structure and the organization of MNCs’ subsidiaries in a country has yet to account for this recent structural phenomenon. To help better understand this innovation in MNCs’ structural organization, we develop a new classification scheme, which focuses on the totality of an MNC’s subsidiaries within a single host country as a unit of analysis. As such, we emphasize an HCHQ perspective rather than a corporate headquarters (HQ) or a subsidiary perspective. We motivate this new classification scheme by leveraging the limitations of prior studies as well as considering the opportunities this new perspective offers for research on MNCs and for practice in international management.


Makino, Shige and Paul Beamish. 1999. Matching strategy with ownership structure in Japanese joint ventures. Academy of Management Executive, 13(4): 17-28.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Joint ventures; International; Ownership; Selection; Strategic planning; Japan.

Abstract: Although many international joint ventures (JV) are formed in the traditional way between foreign and local firms, nontraditional forms are increasingly being utilized. Four distinct types of JV ownership structure are identified, based on partner nationality and affiliation. Senior executives of 2 large Japanese firms with joint ventures in Asia suggested 3 distinct strategies corresponding to the choice of JV ownership structure. These involve exploiting the competitive advantage specific to a parent firm, or to a pre-existing relationship, and complementing local partners' competitive advantage. Several key issues regarding JV partner selection and the development of a sustainable relationship between JV partners that are relevant to American executives and those from other countries are considered.


Makino, Shige and Paul Beamish. 1998. Local ownership restrictions, entry mode choice, and FDI performance: Japanese overseas subsidiaries in Asia. Asia Pacific Journal of Management. Special Issue on “Government-Business Relations in Asia,” 15(2): 119-136.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Government; Entry mode; Joint ventures; Ownership; Japan.

Abstract: This study examines the moderating effects of a host government's local ownership restrictions on the linkage between the choice of foreign entry mode and its performance, using a sample of 917 Japanese foreign subsidiaries in Asia. The study focuses on two foreign entry modes, joint ventures (JVs) and wholly-owned subsidiaries (WOS), and two performance measures, financial performance and termination rate. The results suggest that the extent of local ownership restrictions is negatively and significantly associated with the financial performance of WOS, whereas it does not directly influence that of JVs. There is no clear association between the extent of local ownership restrictions and the termination rate for the JV and WOS samples.


Makino, Shige and Paul W. Beamish. 1998. Performance and survival of joint ventures with non-conventional ownership structures. Journal of International Business Studies, 29(4): 797-818.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Joint ventures; Ownership; Survival; Japan.

Abstract: The international joint venture (JV) literature has focused on two parent JVs formed between one foreign and one local firm. Yet, other types of JVs exist. This paper identifies four distinct forms of JVs based on the JV partners' nationality and equity affiliation. These are: (i) JVs that are formed between affiliated home-country based firms; (ii) JVs that are formed between unaffiliated home-country based firmsl; (iii) JVs that are formed between home-country based and local firms; and (iv) JVs that are formed between home-country and third-country based firms. Our analysis of 737 Japanese JVs in Asia demonstrates that the conventionally assumed form of JV represented only 30 percent of the total. Further, each of the four JV forms significantly differed in terms of incidence, performance, and survival likelihood.


Makino, Shige, Paul W. Beamish and Natalie Bin Zhao. 2004. The characteristics and performance of Japanese FDI in less developed and developed countries. Journal of World Business, 39(4): 377-392.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Foreign investment; Performance; Developing countries; Diversification; Japan.

Abstract: Data on 26,857 Japanese foreign investments in 150 countries and regions over the 1991-1999 period reveal that there are stark differences in the characteristics and performance of Japanese FDI (JFDI) between less developed countries (LDCs) and developed countries (DCs). JFDI in LDCs has been growing more rapidly over the period, and it is concentrated in the Secondary industrial sector, with a lower level of control within a subsidiary, and has been initiated by parent firms with market-seeking and labor-seeking purposes and with relatively weak ownership advantages. In contrast, JFDI in DCs has maintained relatively stable growth over the period, is concentrated in the Tertiary industrial sector, with a higher level of control within a subsidiary, and has been initiated by parent firms with market-seeking and strategic-seeking purposes and with relatively strong ownership advantages. JFDI in LDCs tended to attain a higher financial performance and a lower exit rate, yet with a greater variance, than those in DCs.


Makino, Shige and Andrew Delios. 1996. Local knowledge transfer and performance: Implications for alliance formation in Asia. Journal of International Business Studies, 27(5): 905-927.


Abstract: Foreign firms in host country environments frequently face location-based disadvantages. This study proposes three means (channels) of overcoming local knowledge disadvantages. Based on a sample of 558 Japanese joint ventures (JVs) located in Southeast and East Asia, we find that partnering with local firms (the first channel) can be a primary strategy for accessing local knowledge and improving JV performance. JV experience in the host country (the second channel) also mitigates local knowledge disadvantages and leads to increased JV performance. The third channel, the foreign parent's host country experience, leads to increased performance in the absence of a local partner. However, when a JV is formed with a local partner, increased parent experience in the host country leads to decreased performance suggesting that the need for a local partner declines as parent experience in a host country increases.


Makino, Shige and Zhong Huilin. 2017. The characteristics and performance of Japanese FDI in emerging and advanced economies, 1991-2014. Quarterly Journal of Management, 3(2): 1-19 + 170.

Keywords: Developed economies; emerging economies; longitudinal analysis; location selection; foreign direct investment entry and exit. 

Abstract: This paper studies the characteristics and performance of Japan's foreign direct investment (FDI) on a global scale. The data used in the study includes detailed information on more than 26,000 foreign subsidiaries established by 4,000 Japanese companies in 135 countries and regions from 1991 to 2014. The results of the analysis show Japan's foreign direct investment in emerging and developed economies. There are significant differences in the following eight aspects: 1. investment growth; 2. investment purpose; 3. preferred industries (sectors) of investment; 4. characteristics of subsidiaries; 5. characteristics of parent company; 6. financial performance; 7. exit rate; 8. international diversification.


Makino, Shige and Kent E. Neupert. 2000. National culture, transaction costs, and the choice between joint venture and wholly owned subsidiary. Journal of International Business Studies, 31(4): 705-713.


Abstract: Transaction cost theory posits that culture plays a limited role in the choice between JV and WOS. In contrast, research suggests that firms' preferred level of ownership in their foreign subsidiaries is influenced primarily by cultural traits. This study provides additional evidence in this ongoing debate by replicating Hennart's transaction cost model of entry mode choice in two different national contexts: Japanese firms investing in the U.S. and the U.S. firms investing in Japan. The results suggest that the transaction cost explanation for the ownership choice holds in the both national contexts. Yet, the propensity to choose JV or WOS significantly varied between Japanese and the U.S. firms.


Miller, Stewart R., Dovev Lavie, and Andrew Delios. 2016. International intensity, diversity, and distance: Unpacking the internationalization–performance relationship. International Business Review, 25(4): 907-920.

Keywords: Firm performance, International distance, International diversity, International intensity, Internationalization, Multinationality

Abstract:Prior research has considered various conceptualizations of internationalization and offered diverse perspectives on its performance implications that, in turn, have generated mixed empirical findings. We advance research on the performance implications of internationalization by uncovering the multifaceted nature of internationalization and developing a generalizable theoretical framework that unbundles internationalization into three main facets: international intensity, international diversity, and international distance. We draw from multiple disciplines to explain the causal mechanisms that underlie the distinctive performance implications of each facet and test our predictions using panel data on Japanese firms. Our findings demonstrate that international intensity and international distance produce sigmoid effects on firm performance, though for different theoretical reasons. In turn, international diversity generates a U-shaped performance effect. Our multidisciplinary perspective contributes to international business research by discerning the distinct facets of internationalization and analyzing the mechanisms that disentangle the complex nature of the internationalization–performance relationship.


Neupert, Kent E. and Rafael Montoya. 2000. Characteristics and performance of Japanese foreign direct investment in Latin America. International Journal of Public Administration, 23(5-8): 1269-1283.


Abstract: This paper describes the characteristics of Japanese foreign investment in Latin America. In examining FDI patterns, countries and industries most attractive to Japanese multinational corporations, the preferred modes of entry, and the post-entry performance of these subsidiaries are identified. It is found that most Japanese FDI has occurred in Brazil and Mexico, that joint ventures are the most common mode of entry, and that performance varies by country and mode. The observations have implications for 3 groups of executives: managers of non-Latin American firms, managers of Latin American firms, and public policy makers.


Nitsch, Detlev, Paul W. Beamish and Shige Makino. 1996. Entry mode and performance of Japanese FDI in Western Europe. Management International Review, 36(1): 27-44.

Keywords: Success; Subsidiaries; Studies; Market entry; Joint ventures; Foreign investment; Business ownership; Acquisitions & mergers.

Abstract: The performance of Japanese subsidiaries located in Europe is compared on the basis of the ownership-based entry modes of 173 subsidiaries in 1994. Theory predicts that greenfield, wholly-owned subsidiaries will perform best, followed by joint ventures and acquisitions. Performance data at the subsidiary level provide strong evidence of poorer performance by acquisitions versus the other 2 modes. The transaction cost approach is adopted in analyzing the relative performance of ownership-based foreign entry modes.


Nitsch, Detlev, Paul W. Beamish and Shige Makino. 1995. The characteristics and performance of Japanese foreign direct investment in Europe. European Management Journal, 13(3): 276-285.

Keywords: Subsidiary; Performance; International; FDI; Entry mode; Joint ventures; Greenfield; Europe; Japan.

Abstract: This article provides an illuminating presentation of the characteristics and performance of 118 Japanese subsidiaries in Europe. Performance of the subsidiary is considered in relation to the initial mode of entry, industry and country of entry, subsidiary size, and reasons for entering. Japanese investment in Europe grew significantly in the late 1980s, but was heavily concentrated in a few industries. Entry mode preferences have also shifted, away from greenfield start-ups to more use of joint ventures. Conclusions are of interest to European and non-European corporate managers, and public policy-makers.


O’Brien, Jonathan P., Parthiban David, Toru Yoshikawa and Andrew Delios. 2014. How capital structure influences diversification performance: A transaction cost perspective. Strategic Management Journal, 35(7): 1013-1031.

Keywords: Transaction cost economics; diversification; capital structure; RBV; agency theory

Abstract: Extant theories agree that debt should inhibit diversification but predict opposing performance consequences. While agency theory predicts that debt should lead to higher performance for diversifying firms, transaction cost economics (TCE) predicts that more debt will lead to lower performance for firms expanding into new markets. Our empirical tests on a large sample of Japanese firms support TCE by showing that firms accrue higher returns from leveraging their resources and capabilities into new markets when managers are shielded from the rigors of the market governance of debt, particularly bond debt. Furthermore, we find that the detrimental effects of debt are exacerbated for R&D intensive firms and that debt is not necessarily harmful to firms that are either contracting or managing a stable portfolio of markets. 


Papyrina, Veronika. 2007. When, how, and with what success? The joint effect of entry timing and entry mode on survival of Japanese subsidiaries in China. Journal of International Marketing, 15(3): 73-95.

Keywords: Foreign investment strategy; Emerging markets; Entry mode; Entry timing; Subsidiary survival.

Abstract: The present study examines the question of whether joint ventures or wholly owned subsidiaries are more likely to survive in the context of Japanese subsidiaries in China. I suggest that the answer to this question depends on the time when the subsidiary was established. Specifically, I argue that joint ventures founded at the early stage of institutional reforms will be more likely to survive that wholly owned subsidiaries set up at that time, and the reversed pattern is expected for subsidiaries established in the late phase of institutional reforms. The rationale for these propositions is that at the beginning of market-oriented reforms contributions provided by local partners make shared ownership an optimal entry mode strategy, whereas relatively stable regulatory framework at the late stage of institutional reforms allows to realize benefits associated with sole ownership more efficiently. Empirical evidence supported both propositions.


Park, Hyeyoun and Chris Changwha Chung. 2019. The role of subsidiary learning behavior and absorptive capacity in foreign subsidiary expansion. International Business Review, 28(4): 685-695.

Keywords : Subsidiary business expansion; Competence-creating; Learning behavior; Absorptive capacity; Subsidiary divestment.

Abstract : We examine how subsidiaries can implement business expansion successfully to capitalize on growth potentials. Building on our baseline hypothesis, which examines the effect of the extent of business expansion on subsidiary divestment, we identify the boundary condition of the tendency of subsidiary’s learning behavior in foreign expansion. Specifically, we argue that subsidiaries that expand multiple businesses through competence-creating learning behaviors are more likely to be divested due to increasing complexity. We further suggest a remedial condition to offer a viable approach to implement business expansion through competence-creating learning successfully. Based on a sample of 6040 foreign subsidiaries operating over 14 years, we show that affiliates are more likely to expand into unfamiliar business domains successfully if they have a higher level of absorptive capacity.


Peng, George and Paul W. Beamish. 2019. Subnational FDI Legitimacy and Foreign Subsidiary Survival. Journal of International Management, 25(3): 100662.  

Keywords: Country-of-origin agglomeration; FDI legitimacy; Organizational ecology theory; Organizational identity; Strategic choice; Subsidiary survival

Abstract: We examine how organizational ecology and the strategic choice perspective can be combined to provide more contextualized insights into how MNCs can better counter environmental pressures with evolving subnational FDI legitimacy and improve the survival likelihood of their subsidiaries. We consider three organizational identity-based strategic choices, i.e., country-of-origin (COO) agglomeration, expatriate staffing level and subsidiary ownership level. We hypothesize a U-shaped relationship between FDI legitimacy and subsidiary mortality, and that this relationship will be moderated by the level of COO agglomeration at a subnational level. We also hypothesize that with improving FDI legitimacy, the use of higher levels of expatriates and ownership will jeopardize the survival of larger subsidiaries. A longitudinal dataset (2001–2016) for 3025 subsidiaries formed by 1147 Japanese MNCs in China was used in hypothesis testing. Results largely supported our hypotheses. We discuss how an identity-centered approach can contribute to theory and practice.


Peng, George and Paul W. Beamish. 2014. MNE subsidiary size and expatriate control: Resource-dependence and learning perspectives. Journal of World Business, 49(1): 51-62.

Keywords: Expatriate staffing; Organizational learning; Organizational slack; Resource-dependence theory; Subsidiary autonomy; Subsidiary size.

Abstract: Based on resource-dependence theory, we hypothesize a U-shaped relationship between multinational corporations’ subsidiary size and expatriate staffing level. Drawing on both resource-dependence and learning perspectives, the U-shaped relationship is further hypothesized to be moderated by parent-firm size, the amount of equity ownership of the parent firm in the subsidiary, and subsidiary age. A sample of 11,754 Japanese overseas subsidiaries was used to test the hypotheses. Results supported all four hypotheses both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, and explained 24% of the variance in expatriate staffing level. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.


Peng, George and Paul W. Beamish. 2014. The effect of host country long term orientation on subsidiary ownership and survival. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 31(2): 423-453.

Keywords: Cultural distance; Geographic distance; Long term orientation; Subsidiary ownership; Subsidiary survival; Transaction cost; Transaction value

Abstract: This paper examines the role which the long term orientation (LTO) dimension of host country culture plays in transforming multinational corporations’ (MNCs’) focus from transaction cost to transaction value in the context of MNC subsidiary ownership and survival. We used a sample of 10,236 overseas subsidiaries established by 1,291 Japanese MNCs in 29 host countries with varying levels of LTO to test our hypotheses. Results first showed that LTO has a direct positive effect on ownership levels. Second, we observed that there were positive interactions between LTO and cultural distance, and between LTO and geographic distance, on ownership levels. Third, we found that there were positive interactions between LTO and subsidiary ownership level, and between LTO and cultural distance, on subsidiary survival. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed in terms of the vital role LTO plays in determining whether transaction value or transaction cost considerations prevail in MNCs’ ownership strategies, and how MNCs can better take advantage of host country LTO and improve the survival likelihood of their subsidiaries.


Peng, George Z. and Paul W. Beamish. 2008. The effect of national corporate responsibility environment on Japanese foreign direct investment. Journal of Business Ethics, 80(4): 677-695.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility; Corruption; Development stage; Japanese foreign direct investment; National corporate responsibility; Institutions.

Abstract: We examine the relationship between Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) and the national corporate responsibility (NCR) environment in host countries using corporate social responsibility and international business theories. Based on data from the Japanese Government's Ministry of Finance, AccountAbility, and other sources, we find that the level of NCR has a positive relationship with FDI inflow for developing countries. The relationship for developed countries is negative but not statistically significant. The underlying host country development stage moderates the relationship. The results can help deepen understanding of FDI behaviors and have practical implications for host countries in terms of attracting FDI.


Peng, George and Paul W. Beamish. 2007. Evolving FDI legitimacy and strategic choice of Japanese subsidiaries in China. Management and Organization Review, 3(3): 373-396.

Keywords: Density dependence theory; Entry mode; Expatriate staffing; FDI legitimacy; Institutional theory; Strategic choice.

Abstract: We examine how evolving FDI legitimacy in China influences two strategic choices (entry mode and expatriate staffing) of Japanese subsidiaries there over the period 1993-2000, based on data aggregated from Toyo Keizai and the National Bureau of Statistics of China. As FDI legitimacy improves over time, we find that smaller subsidiaries tend to choose the wholly-owned subsidiary mode and deploy a higher percentage of expatriates, whereas larger subsidiaries tend to choose the joint venture mode and use a lower percentage of expatriates; and that Japanese subsidiaries are more likely to have a local manager, and this tendency may be stronger for larger subsidiaries. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed from a density dependence theory perspective.


Plourde, Yves, Simon C. Parker and Jean-Louis Schaan. 2014. Expatriation and its effect on headquarters attention in the multinational enterprise. Strategic Management Journal, 35(6): 938-947.

Keywords: Headquarters attention, Expatriates, Growth, MNE, Instrumental Variables

Abstract: We explore the circumstances under which expatriates can help their host-subsidiary capture headquarters attention. Our central contention is that expatriates will be particularly helpful in situations where a subsidiary or its market is showing signs of growth, allowing headquarters to recognize information signaling opportunities for the firm that could otherwise go unnoticed. We test this contention using a robust instrumental variable approach in a single multinational enterprise. Our results show that subsidiaries hosting expatriates and experiencing growth at the subsidiary or market level have a higher probability of capturing headquarters attention.


Qian, Li Hong and Andrew Delios. 2008. Internalization and experience: Japanese banks' international expansion, 1980-1998. Journal of International Business Studies, 39(2): 231-248.


Abstract: We use an interdisciplinary approach to investigate multinational banks’ foreign activities. We bridge core concepts from the stages theory of internationalization to internalization theory, to extend the literature on the defensive expansion hypothesis. Unlike the primarily aggregate levels of analysis employed in previous research on multinational banking, we utilize a firm-level analysis of the internationalization experiences of 21 Japanese banks in the 1980 to 1998 period. We find that banks undertake foreign investment to secure internalization benefits by following their existing clients and to achieve economies of scale in the application of their intangible assets in international markets. The magnitude of these relationships, however, is contingent upon the level of a bank’s experience in its host countries. Consistent with predictions from internationalization theory, we find that the motivations for international expansion can change over time.


Riaz, Suhaib, Glenn Rowe and Paul W. Beamish. 2014. Expatriate deployment levels and subsidiary growth: A temporal analysis. Journal of World Business, 49(1): 1-11.

Keywords: Path dependence; Dynamic adjustment costs; Expatriate; Subsidiary growth; Latent-curve model.

Abstract: We investigate the relationship between expatriate-deployment levels and the growth of international subsidiaries over time. Latent-curve analysis reveals that higher subsidiary growth over the long term is achieved through both (a) a higher proportion of expatriates at subsidiary founding and (b) a slower reduction in the proportion of expatriates over time. These results suggest that the decision to reduce the proportion of expatriates due to cost considerations should be tempered with the potential long-term benefits of expatriates for improving subsidiary growth. Theoretically, our results point to two factors that impact subsidiary changes over time: path dependence and dynamic adjustment costs.


Sartor, Michael and Paul W. Beamish. 2020. Integration-oriented Strategies, Host Market Corruption and the Likelihood of Japanese Subsidiary Exit from Emerging Markets. Journal of International Business Studies, 51(3): 414-431. 

Keywords: Corruption; uncertainty, integration-responsiveness; the organizational perspective of corruption, foreign subsidiaries in emerging markets, equity share; expatriate staffing, subsidiary survival and market exit, event history analysis, emerging markets.

Abstracts: Extant research has found that more pronounced levels of corruption in foreign host emerging markets increase the likelihood that subsidiaries established by multinational enterprises (MNEs) from developed countries will exit. We synthesize insights from the organizational perspective of corruption and the integration-responsiveness paradigm to propose that integration-oriented strategies will weaken the positive relationship between corruption and the likelihood of exit at high levels of host market corruption. We develop and test hypotheses pertaining to the main effect of corruption on the likelihood of subsidiary exit, as well as the moderating impacts of a firm’s equity ownership strategy and its expatriate staffing strategy upon this relationship. We theorize that uncertainty operates as the mechanism that underpins the corruption-market exit relationship, and that an MNE’s strategic choices with respect to its subsidiary investments contribute to reducing this uncertainty. We find that an increase in the foreign-investing MNE’s equity ownership share negatively moderates the positive relationship between corruption and the likelihood that foreign subsidiaries established by developed market MNEs will exit host emerging markets when corruption is high. However, the marginal effects results do not support the expatriate staffing strategy hypothesis. Our work provides theoretically-grounded and empirically-supported guidance to developed country MNEs that seek insights with respect to the utility of strategies that might be implemented in host emerging markets characterized by more pronounced levels of corruption.


Sartor, Michael and Paul W. Beamish. 2020. Private Sector Corruption, Public Sector Corruption, and the Organizational Structure of Foreign Subsidiaries. Journal of Business Ethics, 167(4): 725-744.

Keywords: Corruption; Uncertainty; Multinational corporations; Foreign subsidiaries; Organizational structure.

Abstract: Corporate anti-corruption initiatives can make a substantial contribution towards curtailing corruption and advancing efforts to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. However, researchers have observed that underdeveloped assumptions with respect to the conceptualization of corruption and how firms respond to corruption risk impeding the efficacy of anti-corruption programs. We investigate the relationship between the perceived level of corruption in foreign host countries and the organizational structure of subsidiary operations established by multinational corporations (MNCs). Foreign host market corruption is disaggregated into two components—private and public corruption. We employ an uncertainty-based perspective grounded in transaction cost theory to focus upon the distinct mechanisms through which private and public corruption can each be expected to impact a foreign subsidiary’s organizational structure [wholly-owned subsidiary (WOS) or a joint venture (JV) with a local partner]. We expect that each type of corruption fosters a different type of uncertainty (environmental or behavioral) which predominates in shaping the MNC’s choice of foreign subsidiary investment structure. Hypotheses are developed and tested with a sample of 187 entries into 19 foreign host markets. Each type of corruption was found to exert a distinct effect upon the organizational structure of foreign subsidiaries. More precisely, while heightened perceived levels of public corruption were found to motivate MNCs to invest through a JV with a local partner rather than a WOS, more pronounced private corruption precipitated the opposite outcome.


Sartor, Michael and Paul W. Beamish. 2018. Host market government corruption and the equity-based foreign entry strategies of MNEs. Journal of International Business Studies, 49(3): 346-370.

Keywords: Corruption; Government corruption; Petty corruption; Grand corruption; Host market environment; Country risk; Environmental uncertainty; Behavioral uncertainty; Foreign market entry; Transaction cost economics; Equity-based foreign entry strategies; Entry mode; Partnering; Joint ventures; Joint venture partner; Trust; Learning.

Abstract: While extant theory suggests that the pervasiveness of host market government corruption should influence the equity ownership decisions of foreign-investing multinational enterprises (MNEs), empirical research has produced inconclusive results. We leverage insights from transaction cost economics to advance an uncertainty-oriented framework which can be used to explain the impact of host market government corruption on the equity-based entry strategies of MNEs. We disaggregate government corruption into two distinct components (grand corruption and petty corruption). We propose that grand and petty corruption precipitate different types of uncertainty (environmental and behavioral) which motivate MNEs to vary their equity-based foreign entry strategies (entry mode and partnering). Hypotheses pertaining to the entry strategies of MNEs under conditions of more pervasive grand and petty corruption are developed and tested with a sample of 643 Japanese investments into 30 countries between 2004 and 2007. We find that the main effect of grand corruption and the interaction between grand and petty corruption significantly impact a MNE’s entry mode. Further, while more pervasive grand corruption increases the likelihood that a MNE will engage in a joint venture investment with a host country partner, we find that an increase in petty corruption heightens a MNE’s preference to invest with a home country partner.


Sartor, Michael and Paul W. Beamish. 2014. Offshoring innovation to emerging markets: Organizational control and informal institutional distance. Journal of International Business Studies, 45(9) 1072-1095.

Keywords: Informal institutions and uncertainty; informal institutional differences; foreign market entry; how emerging market informal institutions shape MNEs’ entry strategies; entry strategies of non-emerging market firms for emerging markets; country risk; innovation and R&D; organizational control; equity capital; expatriates.

Abstract: The literature on innovation offshoring has focused on the dichotomous choice between two distinct investment strategies – captive offshoring and outsourced offshoring. We use the concept of organizational control to investigate how differences in the informal institutions that prevail in the home and host countries influence MNE strategy (or, the organizational control decision) with respect to subsidiaries established to offshore innovation. While the relationship between formal institutions and MNE strategy has been the subject of considerable academic scrutiny, less is known about the role of informal institutions. We propose that the type of uncertainty precipitated by informal institutions is critical to understanding the strategic behavior of foreign-investing MNEs. We hypothesize that an MNE’s organizational control over a subsidiary will be contingent upon the type of informal institutional uncertainty encountered by the subsidiary. More specifically, we disaggregate the informal institutions construct and develop three new, more explicit, latent constructs – behaviorally-oriented informal institutions (BOII), technology-oriented informal institutions (TOII) and demand-oriented informal institutions (DOII). Our theory posits that while an increase in BOII distance will precipitate a preference for greater organizational control, heightened TOII and DOII distances will induce the opposite outcome – a preference for lower levels of organizational control. We test our hypotheses with a sample of subsidiaries established in 14 emerging markets between 1995 and 2009 to offshore innovation.


Schotter, Andreas and Paul W. Beamish. 2011. General manager staffing and performance in transition economy subsidiaries: A sub-national analysis. International Studies of Management and Organization, 41(2): 57-89.

Keywords: Transition economies; Multinational corporation; Foreignness and emerging markets; Cross-cultural issues in HRM; Role of formal and informal networks; FDI legitimacy; China.

Abstract: Drawing from institutional theory, we address the issue of local versus expatriate subsidiary CEO staffing decisions of multinational corporations (MNCs) at the sub-national level. Our analysis of 2315 MNC subsidiaries in China shows that foreign direct investment (FDI) legitimacy is a reliable measure of institutional environment differences at the sub-national level and that the commonly used country level measures including institutional distance and cultural distance mask pertinent within-country differences. MNCs that invest in Chinese provinces with lower FDI legitimacy use more local nationals as subsidiary CEOs compared to provinces with higher FDI legitimacy. In provinces with low FDI legitimacy, subsidiaries with local CEOs perform relatively better than subsidiaries with expatriate CEOs. This effect is particularly strong for wholly foreign owned subsidiaries and applies to all provinces except the most developed coastal regions. In provinces with higher levels of FDI legitimacy these effects are reversed.


Schotter, Andreas, Olha Buchel and Tatiana Vashchilko. 2018. Interactive visualization for research contextualization in international business. Journal of World Business, 53(3): 356-372.

Keywords: Contextualization of research; interactive visualization; interdisciplinary research.

Abstract: We respond to calls for advances in the contextualization of international business (IB) research by introducing interactive visualization as a methodology for generating contextual insights during the exploratory phases of IB research projects. We suggest that applying interactive visualization early on improves contextualization by means of simultaneous dynamic representations of various phenomena and their respective properties and relationships, even for phenomena that have been widely researched before, like in the cases of international joint ventures and MNE foreign direct investment. The goal of this introduction is to make interactive visualization more accessible to IB scholars.


Schotter, Andreas, Maximilian Stallkamp and Brian C. Pinkham. 2017. MNE headquarters disaggregation: The formation antecedents of regional management centers. Journal of Management Studies, 54(8): 1144-1169.


Abstract: This research examines region-bound headquarters disaggregation in multinational enterprises (MNEs). We link the formation of regional management centers, both dedicated regional headquarters (RHQs) and regional management mandates (RMMs) granted to operating subsidiariesto the complexity argument underlying organizational information processing theory. We demonstrate how different dimensions of complexity associated with the number and dispersion of an MNE’s subsidiary network in a focal region affect whether, and in which form region-bound headquarters disaggregation takes place. Additionally, we consider boundary conditions affecting RMC formation based on within-region experience, global MNE footprint, and between-region effects. Empirically, we utilize a large global dataset of Japanese MNE foreign investment for the period from 1992 to 2014, which allows us to perform longitudinal event history analyses.


Shin, Duckjung, Vanessa C. Hasse and Andreas Schotter. 2017.  Multinational enterprises within cultural space and place: Integrating cultural distance and cultural tightness-looseness. Academy of Management Journal, 60(3): 904-921.


Abstract: Prior research into the effects of cultural differences between MNE home and host countries on expatriate staffing decisions in foreign subsidiaries has produced a large number of conflicting findings. We address some of these conflicting findings and aim to advance theory in two ways. First, we draw on transaction cost economics to explain why and how the effects of cultural distance on the proportion of expatriate parent-country nationals form a curvilinear instead of a linear relationship, as commonly proposed. Second, we integrate the values-based cultural distance concept with the norms-based tightness-looseness concept. This allows us to simultaneously account for cultural differences between countries and location-bound normative cultural effects within countries, which cannot be overcome solely through expatriate learning and adaptation. Using a large global dataset of Japanese MNEs, we find support for a convex relationship between cultural distance and the proportion of expatriate parent-country nationals. We also find a moderating (steepening) effect of tightness-looseness on this relationship. The results reconcile some of the tensions between the subjectivists' values-based approach, which positions culture in the shared cognitions realm, and the structuralists' approach, which places culture in a normative situational environment.


Stallkamp, Maximilian, Brian C. Pinkham, Andreas Schotter and Olha Buchel. 2018. Core or periphery? The effects of country-of-origin agglomerations on the within-country expansion of MNEs. Journal of International Business Studies, 49(8): 942-966.

Keywords: FDI agglomeration; MNE subnational expansion; co-ethnic FDI; geo-visualization; core–periphery framework.

Abstract: We show how the initial subnational entry location of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) in China influences their subsequent within-country location choices and expansion speed. We distinguish between MNEs that establish their first subsidiary in co-ethnic cores – dense agglomerations of other firms from the same country of origin – and MNEs that locate their first subsidiary in the periphery, i.e., outside of these co-ethnic cores. To identify co-ethnic cores in China, we employ a geo-visualization methodology, which draws the boundaries of cores organically and dynamically over time. We contrast our findings with the prevailing approach of using static administrative boundaries for identifying agglomerations. Our results provide evidence of path dependency, in that (a) entry through subnational locations with strong co-ethnic communities is followed by expansion into other locations where co-ethnic communities are present, and that (b) entry through co-ethnic communities accelerates the pace at which MNEs establish additional subsidiaries in China. We also find that co-ethnic community effects continue to influence within-country MNE activities over time, despite a host of economic, institutional, and investment developments


Tang, Jianyun and W. Glenn Rowe. 2012. The liability of closeness: Business relatedness and foreign subsidiary performance. Journal of World Business, 47(2): 288-296.

Keywords: Liability of closeness; Business relatedness; foreign subsidiary performance; China, Japan foreign direct investment.

Abstract: It is widely accepted that business relatedness, defined as the extent to which a foreign subsidiary is related to its parent’s core business, has a positive effect on subsidiary performance. With a sample of 165 Japanese subsidiaries located in China, however, we found that modestly related subsidiaries, on average, outperformed both unrelated and closely related subsidiaries, and that closely related subsidiaries performed poorly especially when the parent had a heavy majority ownership in the subsidiary and the subsidiary was at its early stage of operating in the host market. Our results indicate that being too closely related to the parent could be potentially detrimental, suggesting a liability of closeness.


Tanganelli, David and Jean-Louis Schaan. 2014. Japanese subsidiaries in the European Union: Entry modes and performance. Cogent Economics & Finance, 2(1): 1-10.

Keywords: FDI; mode of entry; subsidiary performance; multinationals; Japanese MNEs; EU.

Abstract: Japanese Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the European Union and its performance were analysed in this work. Three different FDI or entry modes used by Japanese companies to enter the European market were compared, and the presence of a relationship between the selected entry mode and the performance of the subsidiary was investigated. We found that more than half of the Japanese investments in Europe took the form of new ventures, approximately 40% were joint ventures and less than 6% were acquisitions. We found that no specific entry mode performed better than another.


Voyer, Peter A. and Paul W. Beamish. 2004. The effect of corruption on Japanese foreign direct investment. Journal of Business Ethics, 50(3): 211-224.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Ethics; Corruption; Foreign investment; Japan.

Abstract: In an effort to reduce risk and uncertainty, we hypothesize that investors avoid countries where high corruption exists. We investigate this issue by examining the relationship of levels of perceived corruption on Japanese Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in both industrialized and emerging economies. The analysis presented utilizes a sample of 29, 546 investments in 59 countries. Results suggest that in emerging nations, where comprehensive legal and regulatory frameworks do not exist to effectively curtail fraudulent activity, corruption serves to reduce FDI. Managers need to consider the level of perceived corruption in their assessment of any market prior to potential investment.


Wade, Michael and Jane Gravill. 2003. Diversification and performance of Japanese IT subsidiaries: A resource-based view. Information and Management, 40(4): 305-316.


Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between corporate diversification and performance for Japanese subsidiaries in the information technology (IT) industry. In particular, it reports on our study which drew on the resource-based view of the firm to make the distinction between related and unrelated diversification. Data for more than 5 years were used to test our hypotheses. The results suggest that related subsidiaries out-perform unrelated subsidiaries on a number of dimensions including: performance, survival, and employee productivity growth. The study also found support for resource-based arguments suggesting that related diversification in knowledge-based (tertiary) industries, such as IT, plays a more important factor in firm success than in primary or secondary industries.


Wang, Huanglin and Jean-Louis Schaan. 2008. How much distance do we need?: Revisiting the national cultural distance paradox. Management International Review, 48(3): 263-277.

Keywords: Cultural distance; Entry mode; Performance; Multinationals; National cultural distance paradox; Logistic regression; Emerging markets.

Abstract: This study revisits the 'national cultural distance paradox' based on a sample of Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) in 53 countries and regions over 30 years. Earlier studies on cultural distance assumed linear relationships and showed mixed results. Results suggest that there is a nonlinear (inverted U-shape) relationship between CD and the choice of a joint venture as the preferred market entry mode, and between CD and performance.We also found that the relationship between CD and performance is moderated by entry mode choice: the nonlinear relationship between CD and performance is stronger for joint ventures than for wholly owned subsidiaries.


Widmier, Scott, Lance Eliot Brouthers and Paul W. Beamish. 2008. Expatriate or local: Predicting Japanese subsidiary expatriate staffing strategies. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19(9): 1607-1621.

Keywords: Emerging markets; FDI; Entry mode; Staffing; Expatriates; Location.

Abstract: Can Dunning's OLI (Ownership, Location, Internalization) framework be extended from predicting FDI location decisions and entry mode choices to other international strategic decisions? Using data from 891 new (two years or younger) Japanese foreign subsidiaries, we investigate the relationship between Dunning's OLI variables and expatriate staffing ratios (the ratio of expatriates to local employees). We found empirical support for Dunning's framework as a predictor of Japanese new subsidiary expatriate staffing ratios. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.


Wilkinson, Timothy, George Z. Peng, Lance Brouthers and Paul Beamish. 2008. The diminishing effect of cultural distance on subsidiary control. Journal of International Management, 14(2): 93-107.

Keywords: Control; Expatriates; Ownership; Cultural distance.

Abstract: This paper explores the diminishing influence of national cultural distance on two subsidiary control issues, expatriate staffing and parent company ownership level of the foreign subsidiary. Previous studies have produced conflicting findings: one stream of research argues that when cultural distance is greater firms increase their level of control; while the other stream suggests that greater cultural distance is associated with a loosening of control. To reconcile these discrepant outcomes we hypothesize and find that subsidiary age moderates the effect of cultural distance on expatriate staffing and ownership. Cultural distance has a significantly greater impact on subsidiary control mechanisms for newer subsidiaries than for older subsidiaries. Implications for future research are discussed.


Woodcock, C. Patrick, Paul W. Beamish and Shige Makino. 1994. Ownership-based entry mode strategies and international performance. Journal of International Business Studies, 25(2): 253-273.

Keywords: Joint ventures; Ownership; Entry mode; Acquisitions; Japan.

Abstract: This study examines the relationship between ownership entry modes and performance. The ownership entry modes examined are the wholly owned modes of acquisition and new venture entry, and the non-wholly owned mode of joint venture entry. A theoretical relationship is developed for international entry modes that is based on the contingency characteristics of resource requirements and organizational control factors. This model suggests that different entry modes have different performance outcomes based upon their resource and organizational control demands. The theoretical model, although developed using the eclectic theoretical approach, is based largely on concepts and relationships previously delineated in contingency theory. Our hypotheses suggest that new ventures should outperform joint ventures, and joint ventures should outperform acquisitions. An empirical test using a sample of 321 Japanese firms entering the North American market provides supporting evidence.


Xu, Dean, Yigang Pan and Paul W. Beamish. 2004. The effect of regulative and normative distances on MNE ownership and expatriate strategies. Management International Review, 44(3): 285-307.

Keywords: Institutional perspective; Ownership; Expatriates; Japan; International.

Abstract: Researchers have used cultural distance to explain strategic and operational control mechanisms of the multinational enterprise, yet the construct has failed to yield consistent results.  This study proposed two new measures of country differences, regulative and normative distances, from an institutional perspective, and examined their effect on MNE ownership and expatriate strategies.


Yang, Jing Yu, Jiatao Li and Andrew Delios, 2015.  Will a second mouse get the cheese?  Learning from early entrants’ failures in a foreign market. Organization Science, 26(3): 908-922.

Keywords: Vicarious learning from failures; causal heterogeneity; network ties; learning effectiveness 

Abstract: We examine the conditions that can facilitate or hinder the effectiveness with which a new entrant learns from the failures of prior entrants by analyzing the experiences of 822 Japanese subsidiaries in China founded between 1979 and 2000. Our conceptual arguments and empirical findings demonstrate that learning from the failure experiences of prior entrants increases a new entrant’s survival chances when entering China. Further, we find that the value of this learning is less effective when there is a greater level of heterogeneity in the causes of these failures. However, this learning is more effective when a new entrant’s parent firm has ownership ties with investors who had ventures that failed previously in China.


Yang, Jing Yu, Jane Lu and Ruihua Jiang. 2017. Too slow or too fast? Speed of FDI expansions, industry globalization, and firm performance. Long Range Planning, 50(1): 74-92.


Abstract: We draw on an organizational learning perspective to examine how the speed of foreign direct investments (FDIs) affects firm performance. We argue that firms in general suffer from being either too slow or too fast in their FDI expansions and that the relationship between the speed of FDI expansions (SFEs) and firm performance is best captured by an inverse U-shape. Moreover, the inverse U-shaped relationship varies with the level of globalization pressure in such a way that the inverse U-shaped curve will have a steeper upward and steeper downward curvature for firms operating in global industries than for those in multidomestic industries. Using a panel data set of 1263 Japanese firms' FDIs from 1986 to 1997, we find strong support for the arguments.


Yang, Jing Yu, Liang Wen, Stefan Volk and Jane Wenzhen Lu. 2022. Temporal boundaries and expatriate staffing: Effects of parent–subsidiary work-time overlap. Journal of World Business, forthcoming.‌10.1016/‌j.jwb.2022.101367

Keywords: MNE parent – subsidiary work schedule; Temporal boundary; Work-time overlap; Expatriate staffing; ICT development; Linguistic distance; Time

Abstract: By integrating the boundary-spanning perspective with the expatriate staffing literature, we explore why and how temporal boundaries between multinational enterprise (MNE) parent and subsidiary locations affect MNEs’ deployment of expatriates in foreign subsidiaries. Temporal boundaries, defined as local work-time schedule differences, delimit the degree of work-time overlap between two locations. A lack of work-time overlap between MNE parent and subsidiary locations creates significant barriers in day-to-day, remote real-time communication, resulting in increased deployment of expatriates as intermediaries by parents to overcome these barriers. Conversely, greater parent–subsidiary work-time overlap enables more remote real-time communication via digital technologies, altering the cost–benefit analysis of deploying expatriates over local nationals, consequently reducing parents’ reliance on expatriates as intermediaries. Therefore, we posit a negative relationship between parent–subsidiary work-time overlap and the expatriate ratio in a subsidiary. Further, we posit that the negative relationship is weakened by home – host country distance in terms of information and communication technology development and linguistics because technological and semantic boundaries can reduce the effectiveness of parent–subsidiary real-time communication. Empirical analyses of 22,556 subsidiaries established by 5,912 Japanese MNEs operating in 31 host countries between 1990 and 2018 support our theorizing.


Yiu, Daphne and Shige Makino. 2002. The choice between joint venture and wholly-owned subsidiary: An institutional perspective. Organization Science, 13(6): 667-683.


Abstract: The study of foreign entry-mode choice has been based almost exclusively on transaction-cost theory. This theory focuses mainly on the impacts of firm- and industry-specific factors on the choice of entry mode, taking the effects of country-specific contextual factors as constant or less important. In contrast, the institutional perspective emphasizes the importance of the influence of both institutional forces embedded in national environments and decision makers' cognitive constraints on the founding conditions of new ventures. Still, this theoretical perspective has yet to provide insights into how institutional factors influence the choice of foreign entry mode. This paper provides a unifying theoretical framework to examine this relationship. It synthesizes transaction-cost and institutional perspectives to analyze a sample of 364 Japanese overseas subsidiaries. The results support the notion that institutional theory provides incremental explanatory power of foreign entry-mode choice in addition to transaction-cost theory.


Zhang, M. 2015. Cross-National Distance and Insidership within Networks: Japanese MNCs' Ownership Strategies in their overseas subsidiaries. Asia Pacific Business Review, 21(3): 403-423.

Keywords: Cross-national distance; Equity ownership; Insidership; Multiple dimensions; Networks.

Abstract: This study investigates the controversial question about how cross-national distance influences MNCs' equity ownership in their overseas subsidiaries. Prior studies adopted aggregated constructs and time-invariant measures of cross-national distance, failing to capture the complexity of the phenomenon. Moreover, although ‘insidership’ within business networks may moderate the foreignness that MNCs confront in overseas markets, prior studies have not incorporated it into analysis. The present study confirms the explanatory power of multiple dimensions of cross-national distance and MNCs' insidership within networks. It also shows that cross-national distance and insidership within relevant works strengthen or weaken each other's influences on Japanese ownership strategies.


Zhang, M. and Paul W. Beamish. 2019. An Institutional Response Model to Economic Liberalization: Japanese MNEs’ Ownership Choices in China.  Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 36(1): 33-59.

Keywords: Economic Liberalization; Ownership; Institutional Uncertainty; Subsidiary Experience;  Refereed; International Business Institute.

Abstract: This study investigates how Japanese MNEs are adapting their ownership choices to accommodate China’s economic liberalization. Drawing upon the institution-based view of the firm, we propose an institutional response model that is simultaneously based on the progress of economic liberalization and the accumulation of subsidiary experience. This model suggests that Japanese MNEs increasingly adopt higher ownership levels in their subsidiaries because of the combined effects of deepening deregulation on foreign investments, declining pure uncertainty, and increasing contingent uncertainty during economic liberalization. It also suggests that the progress of economic liberalization continuously changes the combination of the two types of institutional uncertainty (pure and contingent), contextualizing the influence of subsidiary experience on Japanese MNEs’ ownership choices. Using data for Japanese investments in China between 1991 and 2013, we construct a latent growth-curve model to provide empirical evidence for the proposed institutional response model.


Zhou, Changhui, Andrew Delios and Jing Yu Yang. 2002. Locational determinants of Japanese foreign direct investment in China. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 19(1): 63-86.


Abstract: This study examines 2,933 cases of Japanese investment in 27 provinces and regions in China to identify the role that policy determinants had in influencing the sub-national location decision of Japanese firms in China. The empirical results show that the Special Economic Zones and Opening Coastal Cities were a successful policy instrument initially. Since the mid-1990s SEZs and OCCs have attracted proportionally less foreign investment as competition from other special investment zones has intensified in China. The periodic influence of SEZs and OCCs is discussed.


Books (2)

Beamish, Paul W., Andrew Delios, and Don Lecraw (with a foreword by Raymond Vernon). 1997. Japanese Multinationals in the Global Economy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 1-85898-720-2.

Keywords: International Business Institute.

Abstract: This book provides new data comparisons on the global operations of Japanese firms. An aim of this book is to encourage other researchers to explore a new data source and expand and shape their own studies on MNEs. The book presents information based on very extensive samples of MNEs at the subsidiary level using both cross sectional data and data over time. The authors provide a direct comparison of US subsidiaries, using the established Harvard Multinational Enterprise Project Database, and Japanese subsidiaries, using the much less well-known Toyo Keizai annual data.

Key features include: a summary description of the Toyo Keizai database; comparisons of Japanese and U.S. MNEs based on the dates the subsidiaries entered the parent's system, annual sales levels and the equity level of the subsidiary; data on employment levels, expatriate management, ownership patterns and joint venture ownership structures; new data on the performance of Japanese subsidiaries.


Beamish, Paul W., Andrew Delios and Shige Makino. 2001. Japanese Subsidiaries in the New Global Economy, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 1-84064-735-3.

Keywords:Emerging markets, International Business Institute.         

Abstract: Since the 1970s, there have been many changes to the ways in which Japanese firms have conducted business. The editors of this volume examine the strategies of Japanese subsidiaries in the new global economy and present, in four parts, a comprehensive picture of the nature of Japanese multinational enterprises.     

The book addresses the overall nature of Japanese investment in international markets, and its broader implications for corporate performance. The entry mode choice and its relationship to performance is then examined, in an attempt to establish overall trends in the performance of various modes. The focus then shifts explicitly to joint ventures since nearly half of all Japanese subsidiaries take this form. Finally, the management strategies that Japanese firms have used in their foreign subsidiaries are investigated. Japanese Subsidiaries in the New Global Economy utilizes empirical analyses based on a very large, longitudinal data set, coupled with state of the art conceptual development.

This volume provides a complete current picture of the international strategy of Japanese firms, which will be both useful and informative for researchers, scholars and policy makers in international business, international economics, foreign investment, joint ventures and expatriate management.


Book Chapters (19)

Anand, Jaideep, R. Azimah Ainuddin and Shige Makino. 1997. An empirical analysis of multinational strategy and international joint venture characteristics in Japanese MNCs. In P. W. Beamish and J. P. Killing, editors, Cooperative Strategies: Asian-Pacific Perspectives. San Francisco: The New Lexington Press, pp. 325-340.

Keywords: Strategy; Japan; Joint Venture.

Abstract: We investigate the differences between the characteristics of Japanese joint ventures based on multidomestic and global strategies. The empirical results, based on more than 2,000 international joint ventures operating in 51 countries, indicate that Japanese subsidiaries formed to pursue global strategies tend to be less capital-intensive, but to hold a larger equity share of the foreign parent, and to have a higher proportion of parent-company employees. Global subsidiaries also tend to be more frequently attracted to a host site by the availability of labor and investment incentives.

Anand, Jaideep and Andrew Delios. 1998. Economic liberalization and foreign direct investment in developing countries: Japanese investments in India and China. In C. P. Rao, editor, Globalization, Privatization  and the Market Economy. Westport, CT: Quorum Books, pp. 81-100.




Beamish, Paul W. and Andrew Delios. 2001. Japanese investment in transitional economies: Characteristics and performance. In D. Denison, editor, Managing Organizational Change in Transition Economies. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 71-92.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Japan;. FDI; Subsidiaries.

Abstract: This paper presents and analyzes comparative data on 2,343 foreign-owned organizations operating in the transitional economies of China, Viet Nam and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). It compares the extent, sectoral distribution, characteristics and performance of Japanese subsidiaries established in these three regions. Among the three, most Japanese investment has flowed to China where subsidiary performance was highest and where subsidiaries were concentrated in the manufacturing sector. Further, the employment levels of expatriate managers, and the propensity to engage in joint ventures, were higher in China and Viet Nam. The tighter linkages between domestic and foreign organizations, and the greater incidence of investment, provided more significant opportunities and scope for the transfer of organizational practices, and change, in domestic incumbents in China and Viet Nam than in the CEE.


Beamish, Paul W. and Andrew Delios. 1997. Improving joint venture performance through congruent measures of success. In P. W. Beamish and J. P. Killing, editors, Cooperative Strategies: European Perspectives. San Francisco: The New Lexington Press, pp. 103-127.

Keywords: Joint venture; Performance; Case study. 

Abstract: International joint venture (JV) performance has been measured many ways. Whatever the measure employed, we observe continued dissatisfaction with the actual performance of this mode. We advance the proposition that performance dissatisfaction is rooted in a lack of congruity in performance objectives at the time at which the JV was formed. This proposition is grounded in empirical and conceptual work in the strategy field and its main tenets are explained through three case examples.


Beamish, Paul W. and Andrew Delios. 1997. Incidence and propensity of alliance formation. In P. W. Beamish and J. P. Killing, editors, Cooperative Strategies: Asian-Pacific Perspectives. San Francisco: The New Lexington Press, pp. 91-114.

Keywords: Joint ventures; Alliances; International; Entry mode.      

Abstract: This study analyzes trends in the incidence (the number) and propensity (the rate) of equity and non-equity based international alliance formation. Across the triad, the incidence of alliances has been steadily increasing; however, the propensity to conclude alliances has been declining since 1986. EC, US and Japanese MNEs exhibit differing patterns of alliance use.

When the sample is defined by 5,843 equity joint ventures (JVs) of Japanese MNEs and 11,000 of US MNEs, Japanese MNEs are found to have a greater propensity to form JVs. The industry and the world region in which the investment was made had a strong impact on the selection of the JV mode of entry by Japanese MNEs.


Beamish, Paul W. and Jane Lu. 2004. Japanese perspectives of international entrepreneurship. In L. Dana (ed), Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pg. 512-532.

Keywords: SME, Internationalization, Japan, FDI, Performance, Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship, International Business Institute.     

Abstract: This paper provides an analysis of the characteristics and performance of Japanese SME's internationalization based on a sample of 1118 foreign direct investments made by 221 Japanese SMEs over the 1964-9 period. Japanese SMEs' internationalization had a steady but slow increase through the 1970s and the first half of the 1980s, followed by a rapid surge in the late 1980s. Subsidiary age was the lowest in the services, construction and finance, insurance and real estate sectors, and in Asia, Europe and Africa Middle East where the majority of entries were made in the 1990s. Manufacturing had the highest mean number of employees. Control by the Japanese in terms of both equity ownership and percentage of Japanese expatriates was highest in the wholesale trade and finance, insurance and real estate sectors. There was no significant relationship between either sector and performance or location and performance. We observed a positive relationship between subsidiary age and performance, a positive relationship between subsidiary size and performance, and a negative relationship between Japanese control and performance.


Beamish, Paul W. and Detlev Nitsch. 1999. A longitudinal analysis of entry mode and performance of Japanese investment in Europe. In J. Engelhard and W. A. Oechsler, (eds), International Management: Effects of Global Changes on Competition, Corporate Strategies and Markets. Gabler Verlag, pp. 156-171.

Keywords: FDI; Joint venture; Acquisition; Subsidiary.                                                                        

Abstract: An analysis of 244 Japanese-owned manufacturing subsidiaries in Europe reveals no statistically significant differences in performance between wholly-owned greenfield, joint venture, and acquisition entry modes. This is an unexpected result since previous research, including a paper we published which used two earlier (1992 and 1994) data compilations from the same source, demonstrated that entry mode has an influence on performance. Rather than reject the transactions-cost reasoning on which the hypotheses are based, possible explanations are put forward for the failure to find a significant effect. These are:   1) limitations of the ordinal-scaled performance measure; 2) other effects on performance, most notably changing economic conditions; and 3) a survival effect manifested principally in the acquisition mode.


Beamish, Paul W., George Peng and Jean-Marie Nkongolo-Bakenda. 2019. Ethical Issues in Japanese Foreign Direct Investment in Developing and Developed Countries. In L. Leonidou, C. Katsikeas, S. Samiee and C. Leonidou (eds.), Socially Responsible International Business: Critical Issues and the Way Forward. Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, pg. 284-312.


Abstract: This study investigates the relationships between national ethical environments (NEE) and FDI inflow in developing and developed countries from an institutional theory perspective. We contribute to the literature in several ways. First, we propose that NEE is an important cognitive determinant of FDI, and empirically provides support. Second, we illustrate that MNCs make their investment decision based on a trade-off between transaction cost and conformity cost. Inattention to conformity cost may have limited the scope of the existing literature. Third, we highlight the need to study the different behaviour of FDI in developing and developed countries. Fourth, we show that MNCs are not simply passive institutional conformers. They will expediently employ other strategic responses, particularly when they have mobility. Fifth, we show that FDI does not necessarily prefer locations where the ethical standards are high. Our findings can help host country governments better understand the FDI-bidding game with MNCs and achieve a fairer outcome.


Bouquet, Cyril and Louis Hébert. 2002. The governance structure of Japanese subsidiaries in Western Europe: Theory and evidence. In J. H. Dunning and J. L. Mucchielli, editors, Multinational Firms: The Global-Local Dilemma. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 107-130.


Abstract: The internationalization of service firms suggests an interesting paradox. Most service firms need minimal physical commitment to be operational on a foreign soil (Erramilli and Rao 1993). They seldom require important investments in capital equipment and manufacturing facilities to establish activities abroad. In turn, their international expansion is heavily dependent on a set of intangible, idiosyncratic and inseparable assets (Carman and Langeard 1980; Erramilli and Rao 1993). These assets and capabilities are inherently difficult to transfer across organizational boundaries (Kogut and Zander 1993). They typically require extensive control and/or a hierarchy-based organizational mode for ensuring effective transfer and maintaining service quality (Anand and Delios 1997).


Chang, Sea-Jin and Andrew Delios. 2007. Competitive interactions between global competitors: The entry behavior of Korean and Japanese multinational firms. In JCER (ed.) Multinational Firms' Strategies in East Asia. Nihon Keizai Shinbun (Nikkei), Inc.


Abstract: We investigate the competitive influence on a multinational firms geographic market entry decisions as conditioned on the actions of industry competitors from within its own country and on the actions of competitors from a nearby country. We frame our study in the competitive action literature in which we interpret the market entry decision in the context of the timing of the globalization of a firm. Using descriptive and multivariate analysis, we try to understand how late entrants are influenced by the actions of early entrants and how early entrants react to the competitive challenges posed by late entrants. We examine the entry behavior of Japanese and Korean firms across four distinct strategic time periods, and find that Korean firms tended not to follow the actions of Japanese competitors. Meanwhile, Korean and Japanese firms actively imitated the investment decisions of peer firms, competing in the same industry.


Delios, Andrew. 2004. The race for Japanese FDI in the European Union. In Lars Oxelheim and Pervez N. Ghauri, eds., European Union and the Race for Foreign Direct Investment in Europe. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pg. 185-208.


Abstract: Since the formation of the European Union (EU), Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) into European countries has slowed on both an absolute and relative basis. Even though flows of Japanese FDI into Europe have declined, Japanese firms still place a high priority on European countries as host sites for foreign sales and operations. In the 1990s, and the early years of the 2000s, Japanese FDI in Europe was also characterized by a considerable shift in foreign investment sites from one country to another. This shift consisted of the closing of one plant engaged in the production of a particular product, to the opening of another plant producing the same product, but in another European country. This chapter outlines these post-EU patterns and trends in JFDI by comparing investment flows on an aggregate basis between Europe and other regions of the world, and within European countries. The chapter also examines data on the between country shift in FDI, highlighting the magnitude and nature of this phenomenon of within EU, across country movements of the productive activities of Japanese firms. Drawing from this statistical evidence, the chapter considers how “carrots,” or unique, idiosyncratic and perhaps unofficial national incentives to foreign investment, might have sparked such cross-country shifts in production, as individual European nations raced to snatch Japanese FDI, perhaps at the expense of other European nations.


Delios, Andrew. 1999. An old rival teaches new tricks. In M. Fleck, general editor, Managing for Success. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., pg. 119-124.




Delios, Andrew and Paul W. Beamish. 2000. Multinationality and performance in Japanese firms. In C.M. Lau, K.S. Law, D.K. Tse, and C.S. Wong, eds., Asian Management Matters. London: Imperial College Press, pg. 61-78.       

Keywords: Emerging markets, International Business Institute.         

Abstract: We discuss and explore the relationships between proprietary assets, multinationality and firm performance as they relate to multinational enterprises in Asia. Utilizing a sample of 395 Japanese manufacturing firms, we demonstrate that the degree of multinationality is a function of the possession of proprietary assets. We also find that multinationality is positively associated with firm profitability, even when the competing effect of proprietary assets on firm performance is considered. These results extend research on multinationality and performance, by using a sample of Japanese firms by utilizing firm-level measures of assets that gauged the extent of proprietary content in these assets both at an absolute level, and relative to industry counterparts and by separately addressing the motives for international expansion and the performance outcomes of multinationality.


Delios, Andrew, Ram Mudambi and Pietro Navarra. 2006. Corruption and foreign direct investment: Japanese FDI inflows into the European Union, 1996-2002. In Lars Oxelheim (ed.) Corporate and Institutional Transparency for Growth in Europe. Oxford: Pergamon, Elsevier, pg. 407-424.




Lu, Jane. 2000. Entry mode strategy of Japanese firms: An institutional approach. In D.K.Tse, C.M. Lau, K.S. Law and C. S. Wong, (eds), Asian Business Matters. London: Imperial College Press, pg. 203-221.




Makino, Shige and Andrew Delios. 1997. Local knowledge transfer and performance: Implications for alliance formation in Asia. In P. W. Beamish and J. P. Killing, editors, Cooperative Strategies: Asian-Pacific Perspectives. San Francisco: The New Lexington Press, pg. 375-402.


Abstract: Foreign firms in host-country environments frequently face location-based disadvantages. This study proposes three means (channels) of overcoming local knowledge disadvantages. Based on a sample of 558 Japanese joint ventures (JVs) located in Southeast and East Asia, we find that partnering with local firms (the first channel) can be a primary strategy for accessing local knowledge and improving JV performance. JV experience in the host country (the second channel) also mitigates local knowledge disadvantages and leads to increased JV performance. The third channel, the foreign parent’s host-country experience, leads to increased performance in the absence of a local partner. However, when a JV is formed with a local partner, increased parent experience in the host country leads to decreased performance, suggesting that the need for a local partner declines as parent experience in a host country increases.


Sartor, Michael A. 2014. Organizing and executing a longitudinally based research program in M. Hassett and E. Paavilainen-Mantymaki, editors, Handbook of Longitudinal Research Methods in Organization and Business Studies.  Edward Elgar Publishing, Northampton MA, P.318-340. 

Keywords: FDI, research program.  

Abstract: Motivated by the impact of the longitudinally oriented Harvard Multinational Enterprise Project, in 1994 Professor Paul Beamish launched the Ivey-JFDI Research Program at Western University’s Ivey Business School. Since its inception, this program has spawned over 100 publications, including academic journal articles, books and contributed book chapters, using data primarily derived from Toyo Keizai Inc.’s Kaigai Shinshutsu Kigyou Souran (Japanese Overseas Investments) surveys. This chapter retrospectively explores the experience garnered by Professor Beamish and his research colleagues in order to cast light upon and to inform the future efforts of scholars who propose to undertake, organize and execute a longitudinally based research program using a massive database. 


Very, Philippe, Louis Hebert and Paul W. Beamish. 2004. Exploring the limitations of the knowledge-projection model in MNCs: The Impact of Expatriate Managers on Subsidiary Survival. Advances in International Management, Vol. 16, pg. 223-254.

Keywords: MNE, Expatriate, Emerging markets, Subsidiary, Japan, International Business Institute.

Abstract: Few studies have explored how multinational firms (MNCs) use their experience when expanding abroad. According to the "knowledge projection" model of the MNC, appropriately disseminating industry experience, country experience and mode experience can a priori increase the chances of success of new subsidiaries. However, with inconsistent findings, prior research is of limited assistance in understanding this relationship. We argue that this situation can be explained by a focus on firm's potential for experience accumulation, rather than on the actual transfer of experience. Deploying expatriate managers enable MNCs to apply organizational experience in foreign markets. It should also have an impact on foreign subsidiary's chances of success and survival. This paper examines how the use of expatriates to transfer experience can affect subsidiary survival. It was based on the experience of 7,433 Japanese subsidiaries.


Woodcock, Patrick and Paul W. Beamish. 2001. A review and update of the relationship between performance and ownership-based entry mode selection. In P. Beamish, A. Delios and S. Makino (eds.) Japanese Subsidiaries in the New Global Economy. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 75-96.

Keywords: FDI; Joint venture; Entry mode; Acquisition; Eclectic Theory.                                             

Abstract: This chapter reviews previous theoretical and empirical literature that relates entry mode performance to different ownership-based entry modes: acquisition, internal development, and joint venture. It then develops a contingency-based eclectic model that assimilates the various theories. The contingency model is based on the characteristics of resource requirements and organizational control factors inherent in the selected entry modes. This model suggests that different entry modes have different performance outcomes based upon their resource and organizational control demands. The model, although developed using eclectic theory, is based largely on concepts and relationships previously delineated and tested in prior entry mode studies. These include the 1994 article in Journal of International Business Studies by Woodcock, Beamish and Makino. The relationships in the model are tested by comparing the predicted performance of the entry modes using two data sets. The results provide some support for the notion that internal developments outperform joint ventures, and joint ventures outperform acquisitions.


Dissertations (31)

Boeh, Kevin. 2008. Travel time and the liability of distance. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Celly, Nikhil. 2008. Subsidiary downsizing in large multinational companies. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Chakravarty, Dwarka. 2018. Foreign direct investment in global cities and co-ethnic clusters:  Characteristics, performance and survival. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Chung, Chris Changwha. 2006. The evolution of international joint ventures: Multiple waves of structural change, performance, and survival. Unpublished PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Dai, Li. 2011. Caught in the crossfire: Strategies of multinationals in host countries at war. PhD dissertation, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

Delios, Andrew. 1998. Performance and survival of Japanese subsidiaries; an organizational capabilities perspective. Unpublished PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Dhanaraj, Charles. 2000. Legitimacy and stability of Japanese overseas subsidiaries. Unpublished PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Eghbali-Zarch, Majid, 2015. Stability and change in the strategic decisions of multinational enterprise, Western University, London ON.

Farah, Bassam. 2014. Multinational enterprise parent-foreign subsidiary governance. Unpublished PhD dissertation, Western University, London, ON.

Getachew, Yamlaksira. 2017. Institutional voids, investment purposes, and foreign subsidiaries of multinational enterprises. PhD dissertation, Western Ontario, London, ON.

Goerzen, Anthony. 2001. Network diversity and multinational enterprise performance. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Hasse, Vanessa. 2016. Responses to subpar performance in foreign subsidiaries. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Hu, Tianyou. 2016. Asymmetric alliances in Japanese firms' overseas investment. Ph.D. Dissertation. National University of Singapore.        

Jiang, Frank. 2010. Essays on the international expansion strategies of multinational enterprises. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Jiang, Ruihua. 2003. Pace of foreign expansion and FDI performance. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Jung, Jae. 2007. The varying patterns of ownership strategy of MNEs: A Japan-U.S. comparison. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Li, Liang (Arthur). 2021. General manager succession in multinational enterprise subsidiaries. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Lu, Jane. 2001. Network development for competitive advantage:  A study of subsidiary networks and alliance networks. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Makino, Shige. 1995. Joint venture ownership structure and performance: Japanese joint ventures in Asia. Unpublished PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Nitsch, Detlev. 1999. The foreign location and entry mode decision. Unpublished PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Peng, George Zhaojie. 2009. Multinational corporations’ international experience and subsidiary performance: Learning, knowledge transfer, and dynamic capability perspectives. Unpublished PhD dissertation, Western University, London, ON.

Riaz, Suhaib. 2008. Patterns of expatriate deployment over time and subsidiary evolution. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Sartor, Michael. 2014.  Host market corruption and multinational enterprise strategy. Unpublished PhD dissertation, Western University, London, ON.

Stallkamp, Maximilian. 2018. Contemporary perspectives on the internationalization of firms. PhD dissertation, Ivey Business School, Western University, London, ON. 

Tang, Jing’an. 2007. Foreign peer networks and foreign subsidiary performance. (Finalist, The Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award, 2008 AOM).

Woodcock, C. Patrick. 1994. An eclectic theory model of international wholly-owned entry mode selection and performance. Unpublished PhD dissertation, Western University, London, ON.

Wu, Tao. 2022. Non-market forces: Political stakeholders and business in emerging markets.  Unpublished PhD dissertation, National University of Singapore.

Yang, Jing Yu. 2006. Failure-induced interorganization learning: Entry and exit of Japanese firms in China, 1980-2000. Unpublished PhD dissertation, Hong Kong U. of Science and Technology.

Yu, Shu. 2016. Performance aspiration, outward foreign direct investment, and firm innovation.  Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, National University of Singapore.        

Zhang, Min, 2015. MNE ownership, subsidiary performance, and economic liberalization. Western University, London ON.

Zhu, Jianhua. 2019. Investment motives and non-traditional foreign direct investment. PhD dissertation, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.


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