The primary reading materials are articles published in major international business and management journals, including AMJ, AMR, ASQ, JIBS, OS, SMJ, MIR, and others. The following books are recommended for those who wish to get a broad overview of the various topics covered in this course.
Bartlett, C. & S. Ghoshal, Managing Across Borders. Second Edition. Harvard Business School Press, 1998.
Buckley, P.J. & M. Casson, The Future of the Multinational Enterprise. New York: Holmes & Meier Publishers, 1976.
Caves, R.E., Multinational Enterprise and Economic Analysis. Second Edition: New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Cheng, J.L.C. & M.A. Hitt (Eds.), Managing Multinationals in a Knowledge Economy: Economics, Culture and Human Resources. Advances in international Management Series. Oxford: Elsevier/JAI Press, 2004.
Ghoshal, S. & D.E. Westney (Eds.), Organization Theory and the Multinational
Corporation. Second Edition. St. Martin's Press, 2001.
Hitt, M.A. & J.L.C. Cheng (Eds.), Theories of the Multinational Enterprise: Diversity, Complexity and Relevance. Advances in international Management Series. Oxford: Elsevier/JAI Press, 2005.
Rugman, A.M. The Regional Multinational. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Stopford, J. & L.T. Wells, Jr., Managing the Multinational Enterprise: Organization of the Firm and Ownership of Subsidiaries. New York: Basic Books, 1972.
1/15 Conceptual Domain of International Business Inquiry
Organization and Strategic Management of the MNC
Part I: Managerial Issues in MNC Research
1/22 The Internationalization of Firms
1/29 Multinational Strategy and Structure
2/5 Headquarters and Subsidiary Relations
2/12 Multinational Innovation and Knowledge Transfer
2/19 Multinational Human Resource Management
Part II: Theoretical Framing and Analysis
2/26 Organization Theory Perspectives and the MNC
Selected topics from the following list:
Information Processing/Resource Dependence/Dependence/Institutional Theory/Network Theory/Cultural Theory/Population Ecology
3/4 Strategic Management Perspectives and the MNC
Selected topics from the following list:
Transactions Cost/Internalization Theory/Evolutionary Theory/Agency Theory/Resource-Based/Dynamic Capability
Core Domain of IB Inquiry
Wilkins, M. "The Conceptual Domain of International Business." In B.Toyne & D. Nigh (ed.), International Business: An Emerging Vision (IBEV). 1997. (*)
Boddewyn, J.J. "The Conceptual Domain of International Business: Territory, Boundaries and Levels." In IBEV, 1997. (*)
Shenkar, O. “One More Time: International Business in a Global Economy.” JIBS, 2004, 161-171. (*)
Peng, M. “Identifying the Big Question in International Business Research.” JIBS, 2004, 99-108. (*)
Cheng, J.L.C. “Critical issues in International Management Research: An Agenda for Future Advancement.” European Journal of International Management, 2007, 23-38. (*)
Dunning, J.H. "The Study of International Business: A Plea for a More Interdisciplinary Approach." JIBS, 1989.
Daniels, J.D. "Relevance in International Business Research: A Need for More Linkages." JIBS, 1991.
Buckley, P.J. “Is the International Business Research Agenda Running Out of Steam?” JIBS, 2002.
Bartlett, C. & Ghoshal, S. “The Transnational and Beyond: Reflections and Perspectives at the Millennium.” AIM, 2002.
Toyne, B. & Nigh, D. “Foundations of an emerging paradigm.” In IBEV, 1997.
The Internationalization of Firms
Johanson, J. & J. Vahlne. “The internationalization process of the firm.” JIBS, 1977. (*)
Kogut, b. & H. Singh. “The effect of national culture on the choice of entry mode.” JIBS, 1988. (*)
Benito, G. & G. Gripsrud. “The expansion of foreign direct investments.” JIBS, 1992. (*)
Chang, S.J. “International expansion strategy of Japanese firms.” AMJ, 1995. (*)
Rhee, J. & J.L.C. Cheng. “Foreign market uncertainty and incremental international expansion: The moderating effect of firm, industry, and host country factors.” MIR, 2002. (*)
Mullor-Sebastian, A. “The product life cycle theory: Empirical evidence.” JIBS, 1983.
Fina, E. & A. Rugman. “A test of internalization theory and internationalization theory.” MIR, 1996.
Calvet, A.L., 1981. “A synthesis of foreign direct investment theories and theories of the multinational firm.” JIBS, 1981.
Caves, R.E. “International corporations: The industrial economics of foreign direct investment.” Economica, 1971.
Multinational Strategy and Structure
Egelhoff, W.G. “Strategy and structure in multinational corporations.” SMJ, 1988. (*)
Roth, K., D.M. Schweiger, & A.J. Morrison. “Global strategy implementation at the business unit level.” JIBS, 1991. (*)
Birkinshaw, A. Morrison, & J. Hulland. “Structural and competitive determinants of a global integration strategy.” SMJ, 1995. (*)
Harzing, A. “An empirical analysis and extension of the Bartlett and Ghoshal typology of multinational companies.” JIBS, 2000. (*)
Kim, K., J-H Park, & J.E. Prescott. “The global integration of business functions: A study of multinational businesses in integrated global industries.” JIBS, 2003. (*)
Daniels, J.D., R.A. Pitts. “Strategy and structure of US multinationals: An exploratory study.” AMJ, 1984.
Ghoshal, S. “Global strategy: An organizing framework.” SMJ, 1987.
Cheng, J.L.C. “Toward a systems paradigm for MNC research: An organizational approach.” AICM, 1991.
Leong, S.M. & C.T. Tan. “Managing across borders: An empirical test of the Bartlett and Ghoshal (1989) organizational typoplogy.” JIBS, 1993.
Headquarters and Subsidiary Relations
Baliga, B.R., & Jaeger, A.M. “Multinational corporations: Control systems and delegation issues.” JIBS, 1984. (*)
Kim, C.W. & Mauborgne, R. “Procedural justice, attitudes and subsidiary top management compliance with multinational’s corporate strategic decisions.” AMJ,1993. (*)
Birkinshaw, J.M., Hood, N. & Jonsson, S. “Building firm specific advantages in multinational corporations: The role of subsidiary initiative.” SMJ, 1998. (*)
O’Donnell, S.W. “Managing foreign subsidiaries: Agents of headquarters, or an interdependent network?” SMJ, 2000. (*)
Uhlenbruck, K. 2004. “Developing acquired foreign subsidiaries: The experience of MNEs in transition economies.” JIBS, 2004. (*)
Rugman, A.M. & Verbeke, A. “Subsidiary-specific advantages in multinational enterprises.” SMJ, 2001.
Birkinshaw, J.M. & Hood, N. “Multinational subsidiary evolution: Capability and charter change in foreign-owned subsidiaries.” AMR, 1998.
Egelhoff, W.G. 1984. “Patterns of control in U.S., U.K., and European multinational corporations.” JIBS, 1984..
Taggart, J.H. “Strategy shifts in MNC subsidiaries.” SMJ, 1998.
Multinational Innovation and Knowledge Transfer
Ghoshal, S. & C.A. Bartlett. “Creation, adoption, and diffusion of innovations by subsidiaries of multinational corporations.” JIBS, 1988. (*)
Cheng, J.L.C. & D. Bolon. “The management of multinational R&D.” JIBS, 1993. (*)
Nobel, R. & J. Birkinshaw. “Innovation in multinational corporations.” SMJ, 1998. (*)
Gupta, A.K. & Govindarajan, V. “Knowledge flows within multinational corporations.” SMJ, 2000. (*)
Penner-Hahn, J. & J.M. Shaver. “Does international research and development increase patent output? An analysis of Japanese pharmaceutical firms.” SMJ, 2005. (*)
Ronstadt, R.C. “International R&D: The establishment and evolution of research and development abroad by seven U.S. multinationals.” JIBS, 1978.
uemmerle, W. “The drivers of foreign direct investment into research and development: An empirical investigation.” JIBS, 1999.
Serapio, M.G. & D. Dalton. “Globalization of industrial R&D.” Research Policy, 1999.
Cheng, J.L.C. & J. Rhee. “International Research and Development.” IEMB, 2002
Frost, T.S., Birkinshaw, J., & Ensign, P.C. “Centers of excellence in multinational corporations.” SMJ, 2002.
Multinational Human Resource Management
Rosenzweig P.M. & N. Nohria. “Influences on human resource management practices in multinational corporations.” JIBS, 1994. (*)
Taylor, S. et al. “Toward an integrative model of strategic international human resource management.” AMR, 1996. (*)
Gunnigle, P. et al. “Localization in human resource management: Comparing American and European multinational corporations.” Advances in International Management, 2002. (*)
Gong, Y. “Subsidiary staffing in multinational enterprises: Agency, resources, and performance.” AMJ, 2003. (*)
Cheng, J.L.C. & D. Cooper. “A strategic context approach to international human resource management research.” Research in Global Strategic Management, 2003. (*)
Wasti, S.A. & C. Robert. “Out of touch? An evaluation of the correspondence between academic and practitioner concerns in IHRM.” Advances in International Management, 2004.
Thomas, D.C. “The expatriate experience: A critical review and synthesis.” Advances in International Management, 1998.
Milliman J. et al. “The impact of national culture on human resource management practices: The case of performance appraisal.” Advances in International Management, 1998.
Roth, K. & S. O’Donnell. “Foreign subsidiary compensation strategy: An agency theory perspective.” AMJ, 1996.
Tan, D. & J. T. Mahoney. “Explaining the utilization of managerial expatriates from the perspectives of resource-based, agency, and transaction-costs theories.” AIM, 2003.
Resource Dependence and The MNC
Hickson, et al. “A strategic contingencies’ theory of intra-organizational power.” ASQ, 1971. (*)
Salancik, G.R. “Interorganizational dependence and responsiveness to affirmative action.” AMJ, 1979. (*)
Martinez, Z.L. & Ricks, D. “Multinational parent companies’ influence over human resource decisions of affiliates: U.S. firms in Mexico.” JIBS, 1989. (*)
Ghoshal, S. & Bartlett, C.R. “The multinational corporation as an interorganizational network.” AMR, 1990. (*)
Andersoon, U., Forsgren, M. & Holm, U. “The strategic impact of external networks”: Subsidiary performance and competence development in the multinational corporation.” SMJ, 2002. (*)
Van de Ven, A.H. & Walker, G. “The dynamics of interorganizational coordination.” ASQ, 1984.
Cheng, J.L.C & Bozeman, B. "Resource dependence and interorganizational linkage among R&D labs: The impact of research orientations." Journal of High Technology Management Research, 1993.
Pfeffer, J. & G.R. Salancik. The External Control of Organizations. New York: Harper & Row, 1978.
Pfeffer J. & P. Nowak “ Joint ventures and interorganizational dependence.” ASQ, 1976.
Institutional Theory and The MNC
DiMaggio, P.J. & Powell, W.W. “The iron cage revisited: Institutional isomorphism and collective rationality in organizational fields.” American Sociological Review, 1983. (*)
Tolbert, P.S. “Institutional environments and resource dependence: Sources of administrative structure in institutions of higher education.” ASQ, 1985. (*)
Rosenzweig, P.M. & Singh, J.V. “Organizational environments and the multinational enterprise.” AMR, 1991. (*)
Kostova, T. & Zaheer. S. “Organizational legitimacy under conditions of complexity: The case of the multinational enterprise.” AMR, 1999. (*)
Li, J. et al. “Identity, community, and audience: How wholly owned foreign subsidiaries gain legitimacy in China.” AMJ, 2007. (*)
Meyer, J.W. & Rowan, B. “Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony.” American Journal of Sociology, 1977.
Scott, W. R. “The adolescence of institutional theory.” ASQ, 1987.
Westney, D.E. “Institutionalization theory and the multinational corporation.” In S. Ghoshal & W.E. Westney (eds.), Organization Theory and the Multinational Corporation, 1993.
Paraboteeah, K.P. & Cullen, J.B. “Social institutions and work centrality: Explorations beyond national culture.” Organization Science, 2003.
Hoskisson, R E. et al. “Asset restructuring and business group affiliation in French Civil law countries.” SMJ, 2004.
Transaction Cost Theory and The MNC
Williamson, O.E. “The economics of organization: The transaction cost approach.” AJS, 1981. (*)
Ouchi, W.G. “Markets, bureaucracies, and clans.” ASQ, 1980. (*)
Maitland, I., J. Bryson, & A. Van de Ven. “Sociologists, economists, and opportunism.” AMR, 1985.(*)
Hill, C.W. & W.C. Kim. “Searching for a dynamic theory of the multinational enterprise: A transaction cost model.” SMJ, 1988. (*)
Zhao, H., Y. Luo, & T. Suh. “Transaction cost determinants and ownership-based entry mode choice: A meta-analytical review.” JIBS, 2002. (*)
Anderson E. & Gatignon, H. “Models of foreign entry: A transaction cost analysis and propositions.” JIBS, 1986.
Hennart, J.F. “Can the ‘new forms of investment’ substitute for the ‘old forms’?” JIBS, 1989.
Walker, G. & D. Weber. “A transaction cost approach to make- or-buy decision.” ASQ, 1984.
Resource-Based View and the MNC
Wernerfelt, B. “ Resource-based View of the Firm.” SMJ, 1984. (*)
Mahoney, J.T. & Pandian, J.R. “The Resource-based View within the Conversation of Strategic Management.” SMJ, 1992. (*)
Miller, D., & Shamsie, J. “The resource-based view of the firm in two environments: The Hollywood film studios from 1936 to 1965.” AMJ, 1996. (*)
Teece, D., J., Pinaso, G., & A. Shuen. “Dynamic capabilities and strategic management.” SMJ, 1997. (*)
Kotabe, M. et al. “Determinants of cross-national knowledge transfer and its effect on firm innovation.” JIBS, 2007. (*)
Peng, M.W. “The resource-based view and international business.” Journal of Management, 2001.
Leonard-Barton, D. “Core Capabilities and Core Rigidities: A Paradox in Managing New Product Development”. SMJ, 1992.
Helfat, C.E. “Know-how and asset complementarity and dynamic capability accumulation: The case of R&D.” SMJ, 1997.
Amit, R. & Schoemaker, P.J. “ Strategic Assets and Organizational Rent.” SMJ, 1993.
Peteraf, M. “The Cornerstones of Competitive Advantage.” SMJ, 1993.
Henderson, R. & Cockburn, I. “Measuring Competence? Exploring Firm Effects in Pharmaceutical Research.” SMJ, 1994.
(*) Required readings.