The Globalization of Indian Firms from Steel to Software
Chapter 7: From Paupers to Princes: The Emergence of the Indian Multinational Corporation
7. From paupers to princes: the emergence of the Indian multinational corporation As our desire is, so is our will. As our will is so are our acts. As we act, so we become. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad) Based on the ﬁndings presented earlier, this concluding chapter develops a framework to explain how and why cross-border innovation occurred and how new Indian multinationals emerged and expanded overseas. The adoption of new technologies and matching organizational design transformed individual ﬁrms, and propagated changes in the macroenvironment, resulting in the creation of capabilities and a new location of excellence. In addition, the emergence of the Indian multinational ushered in sociocultural change and helped to legitimize entrepreneurship. Finally, the globalization of Indian ﬁrms also has implications for economic development. TOWARD A FRAMEWORK FOR THE DYNAMICS OF COMPLEXITY AND EMERGENCE: ASPIRATION ADAPTATION IN CROSS-BORDER INNOVATION Evidence from Indian ﬁrms in both ‘old economy’ and ‘new economy’ industries suggests that their interactions with foreign multinationals both as recipients of technology and suppliers of services enabled them to adapt to a changing national context and acquire capabilities necessary to participate in the global economy. Findings from various ﬁrms are used to develop a conceptual framework that maps the evolution of knowledge and capabilities and dynamics of multinational expansion. While explanations for the existence of MNCs abound, ranging from market power and collusion (Hymer  1976; Kindleberger, 1969), to technological evolution and its life cycle (Vernon  1979; Cantwell, 1989) existing internationalization theories rarely focus on dynamics of emergence...
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