Mimetic diffusion, knowledge spillovers, and expatriate assignment practice

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management 2008 Annual Meeting: The Questions We Ask, AOM 2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Conference

Title68th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2008
PlaceUnited States
CityAnaheim, CA
Period8 - 13 August 2008

Abstract

This study examined factors affecting the adoption of expatriate assignment practice with a longitudinal data set of foreign-invested ventures in China between 1979 and 1995. The expatriate assignment adoption is proposed to be influenced by a combination of mimetic diffusion and knowledge spillover in the expatriate community. Moreover, this relationship is moderated by the cultural distance between the MNC home and host countries. The findings showed an inverted U-shaped relationship between the adoption of an MNC¡s expatriate assignment practice and the use of expatriates by other FDIs in the similar communities, consistent with our predictions. We also found cultural distance moderating this relationship. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Research Area(s)

  • China, Expatriate assignment, Imitation

Citation Format(s)

Mimetic diffusion, knowledge spillovers, and expatriate assignment practice. / Li, Jiatao; Qian, Cuili.

Academy of Management 2008 Annual Meeting: The Questions We Ask, AOM 2008. 2008.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review