Faculty Publications

Title

Entry mode and emerging market MNEs: An analysis of Chinese greenfield and acquisition FDI in the United States

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Acquisition, China, Entry mode, Greenfield, Location choice, Outward FDI

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Research in International Business and Finance

Volume

35

First Page

88

Last Page

103

Abstract

A growing theoretical literature on emerging market MNEs argues they use aggressive acquisitions, often to psychically distant, developed host countries, to obtain strategic assets. The use of acquisitions as the dominant entry mode for strategic asset seeking, therefore, stands at heart of current EM MNE theorizing. To date, however, systematic empirical testing of the motivations for different entry modes by EM MNEs is limited. We address this gap by exploring the motivations for Chinese greenfield and acquisition investments in the United States. Our results are broadly supportive of the growing theoretical literature on EM MNEs, arguing acquisitions are the primary mode of strategic asset seeking in developed markets. We also find state ownership impacts strategic assets seeking and strategic asset seeking intensified in the post global financial crisis period.

Original Publication Date

9-1-2015

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.ribaf.2015.03.008

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