A Multilevel Approach to Understanding the Multinationality: Performance Relationship

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    This paper offers a discussion of the key multilevel issues pertaining to the multinationality–performance (M–P) relationship. Arguably, one of the most important areas of research in international business, firm internationalization and its consequences are multilevel phenomena, influenced by forces at different managerial and structural levels: from the executive, subsidiary and firm, to the country and industry. We suggest that accounting for important factors at each level and for their cross-level interactions may help reconcile inconsistent findings and advance our understanding of the M–P relationship. Based on a critical review of the literature, we offer recommendations regarding the appropriate levels of theory, measurement, and analysis to guide future research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Past, Present and Future of International Business & Management
    EditorsTimothy Devinney, Torben Nielsen, Laszlo Tihanyi
    Number of pages31
    Place of PublicationBingley
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
    Publication date2010
    ISBN (Print)9780857240859
    ISBN (Electronic)9780857240866
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    SeriesAdvances in International Management

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