TITLE

What is the Shape of the Multinationality-Performance Relationship?

AUTHOR(S)
Thomas, Douglas E.; Eden, Lorraine
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
Multinational Business Review (St. Louis University);Spring2004, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p89
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Previous theoretical explanations and empirical analyses of the multinationality-performance relationship have produced mixed arguments and results. Linear and inverted U-shaped relationships have been theorized and confirmed empirically. Recent research has theorized that there is a three-stage, sigmoid relationship between multinationality and performance. We contribute to the debate by showing that the impact of multinationality depends on the time dimension incorporated in the performance measure; that is, the net benefits from multinationality are likely to be higher in the longer term. The results from our sample of US manufacturing multinationals indicate that there is a three-stage, sigmoid multinationality-performance relationship.
ACCESSION #
14781068

 

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