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Robert Pearce
University of Reading
SubsidiaryBusinessInternational tradeMultinational corporationEconomics
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#1Marina Papanastassiou (Middlesex University)H-Index: 17
#2Robert Pearce (University of Reading)H-Index: 22
Last. Antonello Zanfei (University of Urbino)H-Index: 20
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Internationalization of R&D and innovation by multinational enterprises (MNEs) has undergone a gradual and comprehensive change in perspective over the past 50 years. From sporadic works in the late 1950s and in the 1960s, it became a systematically analyzed topic in the 1970s, starting with pioneering reports and “foundation texts”. Our review unfolds the theoretical and empirical evolution of the literature from dyadic interpretations of centralization versus decentralization of R&D by MNEs to...
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#1Shasha Zhao (Middlesex University)H-Index: 4
#2Marina Papanastassiou (Middlesex University)H-Index: 17
Last. Chie Iguchi (Keio: Keio University)H-Index: 1
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In line with the recent shift of R&D internationalization towards developing Asia, this Perspective paper reviews, contextualises, and evaluates the evolving patterns of creation, transfer, and assimilation of knowledge in multinational enterprises (MNEs). A typology is proposed consisting of four stylized nodes: West (industrialized mature economies), East One (emerging industrializing economies of developing Asia), East Two (Asian economies at an earlier stage of industrialization), and East T...
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#1Si Zhang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 2
#2Shasha Zhao (Middlesex University)H-Index: 4
Last. Marina Papanastassiou (Middlesex University)H-Index: 17
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Emerging economies have become new destinations for knowledge sourcing, forcing Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) to reconfigure their global innovation strategies and structure. While foreign subsidiaries located in emerging economies were conventionally viewed as having market or efficiency seeking roles, they have started to evolve towards knowledge-seeking roles. We argue that the conventional wisdom shall be reassessed considering this recent shift. We empirically investigate 129 manufacturi...
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#1Robert Pearce (University of Reading)H-Index: 22
The chapter investigates the roles of MNEs in national economic development. This is an interaction of two multidimensional processes wherein countries pursue sustainable and deepening national development, and MNEs seek to develop global competitive networks. Countries can build on three levels of resource; non-renewable primary resources, standardised but improvable inputs, and creative knowledge and resources that can generate new competitive possibilities. The MNEs’ commitment to an economy ...
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#1Shasha Zhao (Middlesex University)H-Index: 4
#2Marina Papanastassiou (Middlesex University)H-Index: 17
Last. Robert Pearce (University of Reading)H-Index: 22
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This chapter explores the dyadic relationship between headquarters and in terms of their perceptions of decision-making loci and associated organisational structure. By comparing the responses of parents of Greek Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and their subsidiaries, we find evidence in favour of a perception gap in terms of decision-making between headquarters and subsidiaries. We argue that future research needs to carefully consider and account for the perception gap and point out the impor...
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#1Yuxuan Tang (University of Reading)H-Index: 1
#2Robert Pearce (University of Reading)H-Index: 22
This chapter seeks to define and elucidate the most challenging new frontier in understanding international business (IB), the pervasive rise of Chinese and other emerging market multinationals enterprises (EM-MNEs). This is seen to challenge the expectations of established IB theorising since these EM-MNEs are perceived as internationalising much earlier in their formulation as firms and much earlier in the development of their home countries than expected. The core of the analysis we offer is ...
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#1Robert PearceH-Index: 22
In this wide-ranging and groundbreaking new book, Robert Pearce provides an analytically-informed basis for understanding the modern multinational enterprise. It does this by tracing the development over the past half-century of two parallel strands of analysis in International Business; designated as the ‘theoretical’ and the ‘practical’. The book shows how the practical restructuring of the MNE as an organisational form has responded to changes in the wider global economy and how this evolutio...
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#1Marina Papanastassiou (Middlesex University)H-Index: 17
#2Robert Pearce (University of Reading)H-Index: 22
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#2Fragkiskos Filippaios (UKC: University of Kent)H-Index: 12
Last. Robert Pearce (University of Reading)H-Index: 22
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This paper develops a new conceptualization of the relationship between regional determinants and roles of foreign subsidiaries and empirically investigates this relationship in the UK at a disaggregated regional level. It focuses particularly on a relatively under- investigated field, that of the linkage between choice of regional location -within a particular host country- and subsidiary roles. The key contribution steaming from this analysis is the development of the Asset Specificity Framewo...
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