Exploring Patterns of Upstream Internationalization: The Role of Home-Region ‘Stickiness’

40 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2005

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Alan Muller

University of Amsterdam Business School; University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business

Rob van Tulder

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Date Written: December 19, 2005

Abstract

Recent work has emphasized the importance of regional strategies downstream, adding new depth to the debate on ‘globalization’. This paper adds to the debate by exploring the regional dimension upstream for a sample of Triad-based Fortune 500 firms. We find support for our hypothesis that MNEs with higher levels of value-added upstream are relatively constrained in their ability to shift that activity outside the home region due to its strategic significance to home-region stakeholders.

Keywords: MNEs, Home-region Stickiness, Internationalization, Region-based Strategies, Upstream Activities

Suggested Citation

Muller, Alan R. and van Tulder, Rob J.M., Exploring Patterns of Upstream Internationalization: The Role of Home-Region ‘Stickiness’ (December 19, 2005). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2005-084-ORG. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=871129

Alan R. Muller

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