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Host-country headquarters and an MNE's subsequent within-country diversifications

Xufei Ma and Andrew Delios
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Andrew Delios: Department of Business Policy, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Journal of International Business Studies, 2010, vol. 41, issue 3, 517-525

Abstract: We propose that the establishment of a host-country headquarters (HCHQ) in a large emerging market can be viewed as part of a multinational enterprise's (MNE) political strategy to facilitate its within-country diversifications by reducing institutional intervention of the host government. Using a sample of MNEs in China in the period 1979–2005, we find that MNEs with an HCHQ had a greater number of subsequent diversifications in China, as compared with those MNEs without an HCHQ. This effect was more prominent when the diversifications were in domains with a higher level of institutional intervention.

Date: 2010
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