Contextualizing international learning: The moderating effects of mode of entry & subsidiary networks on the relationship between reforms & profitability

Research paper by Luis Alfonso Dau

Indexed on: 04 Nov '16Published on: 02 Nov '16Published in: Journal of World Business


This empirical paper studies how MNEs from developing and emerging markets may learn through their choice of entry mode and subsidiary network configuration, and use this knowledge to increase their responsiveness to pro-market reforms in their home market. The paper proposes that entry modes and network configurations that facilitate knowledge acquisition provide firms from developing countries an advantage when responding to such institutional changes. The analyses use data for the largest Latin American companies from 1989 to 2008. The findings provide evidence for a positive moderating effect of equity international joint ventures, international acquisitions, and subsidiary network centrality closeness on the relationship between reforms and profitability.

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