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Toward a construct of liability of origin

Amankwah-Amoah, J., Debrah, Y.A. (2016) Toward a construct of liability of origin. Industrial and Corporate Change, 26 (2). pp. 211-231. ISSN 0960-6491. (doi:10.1093/icc/dtw021)

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In this paper, we advance a novel concept of liability of origin to explicate the mechanisms through which location can be become either a liability or an advantage. Our analysis sheds light on how firms’ ability to compete and gain legitimacy can be derailed or enhanced by their geographical location. We illustrate our theoretical analysis using multiple cases in the airline industry in Africa. Four distinct phases that explicate how liability of origin manifests in firms’ legitimacy quest are indicated. Our work highlights how actions and inactions of rival firms can make the geographical origin of a firm “geographicalness” to shift from being a strategic asset to become a liability. We outline a number of implications for practice and fruitful avenues for future research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/icc/dtw021
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 15:16 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 09:22 UTC
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