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Multinational Business Review

ISSN: 1525-383X

Online from: 2003

Subject Area: International Business

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What is the Shape of the Multinationality-Performance Relationship?


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Title:What is the Shape of the Multinationality-Performance Relationship?
Author(s):Douglas E. Thomas, (University of New Mexico), Lorraine Eden, (Texas A&M University)
Citation:Douglas E. Thomas, Lorraine Eden, (2004) "What is the Shape of the Multinationality-Performance Relationship?", Multinational Business Review, Vol. 12 Iss: 1, pp.89 - 110
Keywords:Foreign direct investment, Multinationality, Net benefits, Performance
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/1525383X200400005 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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.



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