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The empirical literature on multinational enterprises, subsidiaries and performance

Nguyen, Q. T. K. (2011) The empirical literature on multinational enterprises, subsidiaries and performance. Multinational Business Review, 19 (1). pp. 47-64. ISSN 1525-383X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/15253831111126749


Purpose – This paper aims to provide a synthetic review of the empirical literature on the multinational enterprise (MNE), subsidiaries and performance. Design/methodology/approach – The paper examines the following: the theoretical and conceptual foundation of multinationality (M) and performance (P) measures; the impact of MNE strategic investment motives on performance; the influence of contextual external and internal environment factors on performance; the strategy to optimize value chain activities of the MNE by cooperating with external partners in an asymmetric network, the key drivers of enhanced shareholder value and the implications of performance; and the need to access primary data provided by firms and managers themselves when analyzing the internal functioning of the MNE and its subsidiaries. Findings – The overall message from this literature review is that empirical research should be designed on the basis of relevant theoretical and conceptual foundations of the performance construct. Originality/value – The paper provides a systematic and synthetic review of theoretical and empirical literature.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:37239
Uncontrolled Keywords:Multinational companies; Subsidiaries; Foreign direct investment.

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