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Title: International experience and FDI location choices of Chinese firms: The moderating effects of home country government support and host country institutions
Authors: Lu, Jiangyong
Liu, Xiaohui
Wright, Mike
Filatotchev, Igor
Keywords: International experience
Foreign direct investment
Outward FDI
Institutional environment
Knowledge-based view
Multilevel analysis
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © 2014 Academy of International Business. Published by Springer
Citation: LU, J. ...et al., 2014. International experience and FDI location choices of Chinese firms: The moderating effects of home country government support and host country institutions. Journal of International Business Studies, 45(4), pp. 428-449.
Abstract: We examine the extent to which Chinese government support of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects and host country institutional environments interact with prior entry experience by Chinese firms, and how this interrelationship affects FDI undertaken by Chinese firms. We hypothesize that home country government support and well-established host country institutions enhance organizational capabilities to take risks in FDI. As such, they reduce the need to accumulate experiential knowledge and capabilities relating to entering host countries based on prior entry experience in a particular country when undertaking follow-up investment projects. Using a unique, hand-collected panel data set of Chinese publicly listed firms during 2002–2009, we find that home government support and well-developed host country institutions reduce the importance of prior entry experience and significantly increase the likelihood of FDI entry into a host country. Further, from our subsample analyses we identify differences between entering developed and developing host countries in terms of the impact of home country government support and quality of host country institutions. Our findings help explain the puzzle concerning why emerging economy firms have rapidly internationalized in a short period of time and do not follow the pattern predicted by classical IB theories.
Description: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of International Business Studies. The definitive publisher-authenticated version LU, J. ...et al., 2014. International experience and FDI location choices of Chinese firms: The moderating effects of home country government support and host country institutions. Journal of International Business Studies, 45(4), pp. 428-449, is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2013.68
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1057/jibs.2013.68
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/28394
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2013.68
ISSN: 0047-2506
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