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Marketing Department's Lecture


TOPIC: Acquisition or greenfield Entry into Africa? Responding to Developmental Dynamics in AN EMERGING CONTINENT
TIME: 14:00 Jun 02, 2016
PLACE: Room 304, Mingde Business Building

The dynamic development of host country economic and institutional conditions is a critical consideration for multinational corporations (MNCs) when entering least-developed countries. We argue that the speed of country development in both institutional and factor market dimensions affect the choices of MNCs between acquisition and greenfield entry modes. Empirical results from 2,260 foreign direct investments into Africa during the period of 2008-2013 show that MNCs are more likely to adopt (1) a greenfield mode in countries with fast institutional development, and (2) an acquisition mode in countries with fast factor market development. Moreover, the regional experience of MNCs strengthens the first effect, while their home institutional facilitation strengthens both effects.

Sali Li is an Associate Professor at the Sonoco International Business Department at the Darla Moore School of Business. Prior to joining the Moore School, he was an Assistant Professor at the Lubar School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Professor Li’s primary research interests cover multinational strategy, user demand side perspective, and international entrepreneurship, with particular focus on emerging economies. His work has been published or is forthcoming in: Academy of Management Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of International Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal, etc. He is a member of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, and Strategic Management Society.
Additionally, he has served on the editorial boards of Journal of International Management and Journal of Management, Long Range Planning, and Asia Pacific Journal of Management.