Toward more effective research on the multinationality-performance relationship

Alain Verbeke, Lei Li, Anthony Goerzen

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Abstract

This paper revisits the mainstream academic perspective on the relationship between multinationality and performance (MP). We argue that most, if not all, past empirical work on this international management topic is flawed from a conceptual perspective since there is no valid theoretical rationale that would predict a generalizable MP relationship. We suggest that useful empirical work on the MP linkage requires prior analysis of the key parameters underlying the substance of the multinationality concept in specific empirical settings. We revisit the MP relationship, and elaborate on three key parameters underlying the substance of the multinationality concept: Variety of strategic motivations for FDI, environmental complexity resulting from bundles of discrete FDI decisions, and organizational complexity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-161
Number of pages13
JournalManagement International Review
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Environmental complexity
  • FDI motivations
  • MNE
  • Multinationality
  • Organizational complexity
  • Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management

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