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Seminar on Strategy & IB by Ms. Juan Bu (Sept 26, Tuesday)
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Business & Economics

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Strategy & IB Seminar

How Foreign Firms Alleviate Infrastructure Deficiencies in Developing Economies

Ms. Juan Bu
PhD Candidate
School of Business Administration
University of Miami

This study examines how developing country infrastructure deficiencies affect foreign firms' investment commitment and how these firms deal with such deficiencies. Drawing complementary insights from resource dependence and liability of foreignness logic, we propose that infrastructure (both soft and hard) deficiencies exert a negative effect on firms’ investment scale in developing countries and that this negative effect will be more salient for foreign firms than for local firms. We further suggest that foreign firms can alleviate the constraints from infrastructure deficiencies by adapting to host country environment or altering the interdependence with host country environment. Our analysis of a panel data comprising 2,219 firm-year observations of foreign firms operating in 56 developing economies during 2006-2014 validates our key arguments. We find that adapting through longer entry tenure in a host country and more time spent with host government agencies is more effective in curtailing the negative effect of hard infrastructure deficiencies on a foreign firm's investment scale, while altering interdependence via investing in technologically intensive industries (thus solidifying a foreign firm's bargaining power) or increasing the export intensity (thus limiting its economic exposure to the constraints) works better in lessening the adverse effect of soft infrastructure deficiencies on this investment commitment.

Date/Time26/09/2017 10:30-12:00
VenueKK1236, 12/F., K.K. Leung Building, The University of Hong Kong

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