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Ahmad Arslan and Jorma Larimo

This chapter offers a relatively unique perspective to analysis of market entry strategies of multinational enterprises (MNEs) by specifically addressing equity based collaborative entry strategies. The past literature has either concentrated on establishment mode strategy (greenfield investment versus acquisition) or ownership mode strategy (wholly owned subsidiaries versus joint ventures) of MNEs. Our study specifically addresses firm-, industry- and country-level determinants of the choice between partial acquisition or greenfield joint venture (JV) by the MNEs. The chapter contributes to extant IB literature by being one of the first studies to address determinants of collaborative entry strategy of MNEs based on multiple theoretical lenses, as well as clearly showing the uniqueness of such entry strategies compared with past studies where these issues were addressed generally by putting them in either establishment or ownership mode analysis. The empirical sample of the study is based on 670 collaborative market entries by Finnish MNEs in 30 various developed and emerging economies. The in-depth empirical analysis offered in the study revealed variance in significance of determinants based on timing of investments as well as the level of ownership of Finnish MNEs in the collaborative venture (that is, minority, equal or majority ownership).

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Ahmad Arslan, Jorma Larimo and Shlomo Y. Tarba

This chapter addresses equity commitment undertaken by multinational enterprises (MNEs) in transitional periphery economies. Using the resource-based view (RBV) as the theoretical basis, the authors specifically hypothesize and analyse the influences of company resources such as size, product diversity, international experience, and host country experience, on equity commitment at the time of market entry. The empirical context of this chapter is based on foreign direct investment undertaken by Nordic (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish) MNEs in the transitional periphery economies of Belarus, Bosnia, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan during 1990_2009. The study results show that size and international experience are non-significant in the specific context of the transitional periphery, while host country experience is an important determinant of equity commitment. Moreover, in-depth analysis revealed different influences of company resources on equity commitment depending upon size of the host market and time period of investment.