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Knowledge Seeking and Outward FDI of Emerging Market Firms: The Moderating Effect of Inward FDI


Jing Li


Simon Fraser University

Yong Li


State University of New York at Buffalo

Daniel Shapiro


Independent

April 26, 2012

Global Strategy Journal, Forthcoming

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This study examines whether a host country’s industry-specific technology advantage increases the propensity of emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs) to invest in the host country. The study further explores whether inward FDI in EMNEs’ home markets, by generating knowledge spillovers in the relevant industries, decreases EMNEs’ propensity to invest overseas for knowledge seeking. We test our arguments using a longitudinal dataset of the overseas investment activities of Chinese manufacturing firms. We find strong support for our hypotheses after controlling for other important outward FDI motives. We discuss the implications of our results for research and practice.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: emerging market MNEs, knowledge seeking, technology advantage, outward FDI, inward FDI, China

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Date posted: April 26, 2012 ; Last revised: February 20, 2013

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Li, Jing and Li, Yong and Shapiro, Daniel, Knowledge Seeking and Outward FDI of Emerging Market Firms: The Moderating Effect of Inward FDI (April 26, 2012). Global Strategy Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2046753 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2046753

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Jing Li
Simon Fraser University ( email )
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Colombia V5A 1S6
Canada
Yong Li (Contact Author)
State University of New York at Buffalo ( email )
326 Jacobs Management Center
Amherst, NY 14260
United States
Daniel Shapiro
Independent ( email )
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