An integrative institutional approach to MNC performance in China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-557
Journal / PublicationAsia Pacific Business Review
Issue number4
Online published7 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


This study adopts an integrative approach that incorporates the resource-based view and institutional theory in its analyses of the performances of multinational corporations in China. Firm-specific resources have been assumed as a unique source of competitive advantages when firms go overseas. However, differences in institutional environments between the host country and the home country can negatively affect the competitiveness generated by resource exploitation. Empirical analysis using the data consisting of 209 Japanese firms operating in China finds that while the exploitation of firm-specific resources improves their performance, institutions in China moderate the positive impact on performance.

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  • China, institutional theory, multinational corporation, resource-based view, subsidiary performance