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Interactions between the home and overseas operations of emerging economies multinational enterprises (EMNEs): Challenges and Opportunities for developing competitive advantage


Project Description

There is a growing literature on emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs), and the extant literature is characterised by its focus on the sources of their competitive advantage (Ramamurti, 2010) and the decision and the process associated with their internationalisation (Mathew, 2002, 2006; Luo and Tung, 2007). During the early years of this literature, it was implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) assumed that outward FDI from EMNEs is largely driven by a knowledge-seeking motive. There was limited discussion about alternative motives for internationalisation. These was also limited discussion about how knowledge acquired in more developed contexts could be transferred back to the emerging market operations of these firms and indeed whether transfer of this newly acquired knowledge and its integration into emerging market operations is at all feasible given institutional differences between developed and emerging market contexts and organisational differences between operations in these contexts. These issues are increasingly being recognised in the more recent literature on EMNEs (e.g., Luo and Rui, 2009; Gaffney et al., 2013; Gaffney at al., 2014), sometimes drawing on earlier literature on cross-border organisational structures of MNEs (Bartlett and Ghoshal, 1989).

This project aims to better understand the interactions between the home and overseas operations of EMNEs. In particular, it aims to understand how EMNEs cope with the differences in institutions and regulations between the home and host countries, the extent to which these differences impact the coordination and control of knowledge transfer within the global operating network of EMNEs, and how EMNEs strategise to maximise their long- term competitive advantage given the institutional differences. In keeping with the extant literature, the aim would be to extend the theoretical framework involving EMNEs and to develop testable propositions that can be examined using qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.50

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