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Knowledge-based resources as determinants of MNC structure: tests of an integrative model

Kircher, Philipp, Chi, Tailan and Nystrom, Paul (2004) Knowledge-based resources as determinants of MNC structure: tests of an integrative model. Journal of International Management, 10 (2). pp. 219-238. ISSN 1075-4253

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.intman.2004.02.004


This paper develops and tests a theoretical model of the structural choice by multinational corporations (MNCs). The model draws on three research streams: the contingency framework, integration–responsiveness (IR) framework, and organizational economics. Insights from the three streams of work are integrated into a theory of optimal structural choice under the assumption that both the MNC and its managers make decisions on the basis of their self-interests. An important feature of the model is its exposition of knowledge-based resources as a key determinant of MNC structure. The predictions of the model are tested on a sample of 101 MNCs using a multivariate regression approach. The results confirm the role of knowledge-based resources in influencing MNC structures.

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Additional Information: © 2004 Elsevier
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets
L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2010 08:32
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:33

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