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Knowledge transfer through appropriate location selection: An empirical investigation in China


Liang, F and Nichols, S, Knowledge transfer through appropriate location selection: An empirical investigation in China, Journal of Asia Business Studies, 1, (2) pp. 45-54. ISSN 1558-7894 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1108/15587890780001295


This paper investigates the location determinants of foreign investors and how the location decision-making impacts on their knowledge transfer strategies. Survey data were collected in Yunnan, a southwest province of China. By examining two different sets of location factors at both the national and provincial levels, the research found that location factors at the provincial level, rather than at the national level, directly influenced foreign investors’ knowledge transfer strategies. The research also found that the support of Yunnan’s local government compensated for the underdeveloped endowment conditions of the province, significantly increasing knowledge transfer of foreign investors. The research suggests that foreign investors need to make appropriate location selection to efficiently exploit their ownership advantages. A well-structured policy regime is required of host countries in order to encourage knowledge transfer by foreign investors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:knowledge transfer, location selection, foreign invested firms, China
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:International business
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Liang, F (Dr Fan Liang)
ID Code:49937
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2013-01-18
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