International Expansion Through Sequential Investment: The Effects of National Culture on Buyouts and Dissolutions in Biotechnology Partnerships
33 Pages Posted: 12 May 1997
Date Written: December 18, 1996
This study examines the role of national culture on an issue which is central to competitive strategy: whether to maintain flexibility or commit to a strategic direction. We consider that equity investments in foreign partners may be initiated as the first step in a sequential acquisition process. Applying a competing hazard model to a sample of 168 joint ventures and minority equity collaborations in the biotechnology industry, we find that cultural characteristics have some bearing on a firm's willingness to commit through partner acquisition or partnership dissolution, and its preference for flexibility embodied in maintaining an equity collaboration.
JEL Classification: G31, G32, G34
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