A double-edged sword? The moderating effects of control on firm capabilities and institutional distance in explaining foreign affiliate performance
Piotr Trąpczyński , Marian Gorynia
AbstractBy drawing from the internalisation and institutional theories, as well as the organisational capability perspective, the paper analyses the moderating effects of parent control over foreign affiliates in relation to firm capabilities and institutional distance and their performance effects. These relationships are explored in the context of new MNEs from Poland as a mid-range emerging economy, for which ownership choices constitute critical decisions given their early stage of internationalisation. Our findings show that while firm capabilities drive foreign affiliate performance, the increase of parent control limits this beneficial effect, suggesting the potential occurrence of organisational inertia and reduction of learning in foreign markets. On the contrary, we also find partial evidence that the increase of parent control reduces the negative effect of institutional distance computed based on the Mahalanobis formula. Accordingly, the study suggests a certain ambiguity of parent control in affecting affiliate performance.
|Journal series||International Business Review, ISSN 0969-5931, (A 30 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.6|
|Keywords in English||foreign affiliate performance, institutional distance, resource-based view, infant multinationals|
|ASJC Classification||; ;|
|Score||= 30.0, 28-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 3; : 2017 = 1.73; : 2017 = 2.754 (2) - 2017=3.544 (5)|
|Citation count*||13 (2020-10-21)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.