Reconciling the advantages and liabilities of foreignness

Towards an identity-based framework

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Abstract

This article leverages identity theory to address the question of when and how foreignness acts as an advantage and liability for the MNE subsidiary. Applying an organizational identity lens, I delineate how subsidiaries manage their foreignness by accentuating and attenuating internal and external organizational attributes. Drawing on this conceptualization, I theorize how an accentuated foreign identity moderates context-specific advantages and liabilities. In offering a more nuanced understanding of how subsidiaries actively manage their foreignness, and its contextual implications, an identity-based framework helps to both explain and reconcile the advantages and liabilities of foreignness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-694
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Volume47
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

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Liability of foreignness
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Multinational enterprises
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Identity theory
Organizational identity

Keywords

  • Foreignness
  • Identity
  • Institutional theory
  • Subsidiary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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