Resource allocations, knowledge network characteristics and entrepreneurial orientation of multinational corporations

Williams, Christopher and Lee, Soo Hee (2009) Resource allocations, knowledge network characteristics and entrepreneurial orientation of multinational corporations. Research Policy, 38 (8). pp. 1376-1387. ISSN 0048-7333. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper analyses entrepreneurial orientation (EO) in multinational corporations (MNCs) and develops a new typology of MNC EO based on combining R&D and asset growth investment intensities as orthogonal resource allocations. A cluster analysis of US MNCs on these two dimensions reveals three types of entrepreneurial stance: conservative, aggressive-asset growth and balanced. Internal knowledge network characteristics are shown to vary by stance, with more aggressive stances linked to knowledge governance supportive of the entrepreneurship process. In linking entrepreneurial orientation to the knowledge network of the MNC, this paper identifies factors important to the strategic management and on-going renewal of MNCs. In addition, the vector of R&D investment vs. asset growth investment is an indicator of entrepreneurial aggression and presents a new method of understanding the international strategies of MNCs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Entrepreneurial orientation, Knowledge network, Multinational corporation, Resource allocation, Entrepreneurial orientation, Knowledge governance, Knowledge network, Knowledge networks, Multi-national corporations, Multinational corporation, Strategic management, Two-dimension, Cluster analysis, Investments, Resource allocation, Strategic planning, Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2012 14:10
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 13:57
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