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Domestic firms competing with multinational enterprises: The relevance of resource-accessing alliance formations

Poulis, Konstantinos and Yamin, Mo and Poulis, Efthimios (2012) 'Domestic firms competing with multinational enterprises: The relevance of resource-accessing alliance formations.' International Business Review, 21 (4). pp. 588-601. ISSN 0969-5931

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Abstract

The literature includes several papers that compare multinational enterprises (MNEs) to local firms along several dimensions such as financial strength or production capacity. Nevertheless, the focus on how latter firms compete against the former is often missing in the literature; local firms are typically seen as inferior in terms of resources and thus, unable to compete against MNEs. This paper aims at revisiting this competitive ‘battle’. Through a case-based design in a ‘multinational’ domestic market that seems to favour MNEs, we explore how local firms respond to MNEs’ purported superiority. Findings indicate that local firms respond through alliance formations that enable them to access fitting resources and counter ownership advantages of MNEs. Therefore, resource-accessing strategies spearheaded by local firms suggest that ownership advantages should not be inherently translated into competitive advantages for the MNEs. Implications for international business are discussed and avenues for further research are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alliances; Case study; Competitive strategy; Local firms; Multinational enterprises; Ownership advantages; Resource-based view
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2012 14:35
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2012 14:35
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4360

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