Developing acquired foreign subsidiaries: The experience of MNEs in transition economies

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Abstract

Drawing on subsidiary evolution and dynamic capabilities research, I test how development and growth of subsidiaries recently acquired in transition economies are affected by multinational enterprise (MNE) and target capabilities. These subsidiaries often lack important resources; their cross-border transfer, enhancement, and exploitation are problematic, however. Data on 170 acquisitions in Central and Eastern Europe confirmed the importance of the pre-acquisition experiences of both target and MNE for subsidiary growth, although cultural differences moderated the predicted effects notably.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-123
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004

Keywords

  • Cultural distance; transition economies
  • Dynamic capabilities
  • Subsidiary development

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