Chinese MNEs Expatriates Subsidiary autonomy Institutional quality Subsidiary performance
Taylor & Francis
TAO, F. ... et al, 2016. Expatriates, subsidiary autonomy and the overseas subsidiary performance of MNEs from an emerging economy. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, In Press.
Despite a growing body of research on the role of expatriates in subsidiary performance, the mechanisms through which expatriates affect subsidiary performance are still the subject of debate. Drawing on the resource dependence theory, we examine the indirect effect of expatriates on subsidiary performance via subsidiary autonomy based on a sample of Chinese multinational enterprises (MNEs). The findings show that an increase in expatriates reduces the level of subsidiary autonomy and thus negatively affects subsidiary performance. We also find that the institutional quality of host countries reinforces the negative impact of expatriates on subsidiary autonomy, but reduces the importance of the latter on subsidiary performance.
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National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC 71572150)