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Revisiting the 'modern' multinational enterprise theory: an emerging-market multinational perspective

Girod, S. J. G. and Bellin, J. B. (2011) Revisiting the 'modern' multinational enterprise theory: an emerging-market multinational perspective. In: Ramamurti, R. and Hashai, N. (eds.) Research in Global Strategic Management. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, pp. 167-213. ISBN 9780857245557

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Using Triad-based multinational enterprises as their empirical setting, influential scholars in international management uncovered key organizational characteristics needed to create globally integrated and locally responsive multinationals. They proposed a “modern” theory of multinationals' organization (Hedlund, 1994). But recently, a new generation of multinationals from emerging markets has appeared. Little is known about their organizational choices and some scholars even doubt that they leverage organizational capabilities altogether. Does the “modern” theory still hold in their case? This exploratory study of three emerging-market multinationals (EMNEs) discloses that for reasons related to their origin in emerging economies and to the competitive specificities of these economies, EMNEs approach the global and local conundrum in ways which are both similar – and vastly different – from recommendations of the “modern” theory. We inductively develop a new theory that accounts for the evolution of organizational capabilities in EMNEs to reconcile global integration and local responsiveness. We discuss its implications for the executives of both emerging and Triad-based multinationals.

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Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
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Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Ltd

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