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Overcoming Institutional Distance - The Employment ofInstitutional Capital In Foreign Subsidiaries
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. (International Business)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1669-3580.
Department of Business Administration, I-Shou University.
Department of International Business Administration, I-Shou University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4763-9704
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Foreign subsidiaries face challenges in balancing the external institutional pressures faced in host countries, with the internal institutional pressures associated with adopting organizational practices and routines from their parent firms. Informed by institutional theory, we argue firms are likely to employ and utilize institutional capital when expanding into countries with greater institutional distance. We operationalize institutional capital as the family ties that exist within family business groups, and propose hypotheses to explain how institutional capital is employed to deal with greater institutional distance. Our hypotheses are tested using a Multilevel Mixed-effects Linear Model to analyze a sample of Taiwanese family business groups. Our results show firms are more likely to utilize institutional capital when entering countries with greater regulative and cognitive institutional distances. However, contrary to our expectations, firms are less likely to utilize institutional capital when entering countries with greater normative distances. Our research provides a framework for a firm’s employment of institutional capital in foreign operations, and contributes to the continuing discussion of institutional distance and foreign market entry and expansion strategy. 

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2017.
Keyword [en]
Institutional Distance, Institutional Capital, Institutional theory, Family Business Groups, Family Ties, Taiwan
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-349304OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-349304DiVA, id: diva2:1201367
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Academy of International Business 2017 Annual Meeting Dubai, UAE
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2018-04-25

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