Introduction to part II: Emerging economies and multinational enterprises

E.R. Banalieva, L. Tihanyi, T.M. Devinney, T. Pedersen

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Do multinational enterprises evolve differently in emerging and developed economies? Although one camp argues that emerging economy multinationals are different from their developed country counterparts owing to the underdeveloped institutions in their home countries, another camp counters that they are the same and the existing international business theories can fully explain their strategies. A third camp suggests a more nuanced perspective by finding value in both approaches. In this introductory chapter, we review this debate and offer new perspectives on how to extend existing theories by accounting for four specific aspects of the home country institutional environments of emerging economies: breadth, depth, timing, and duration of exposure to institutional development. We then discuss how the chapters in this volume extend these ideas.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationAdvances in International Management
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78441-739-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-78441-740-6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2015


  • Emerging market multinationals
  • Home country institutions
  • Firm-specific advantages

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