From Shallow Resource Pools to Emerging Clusters: The Role of Multinational Enterprise Subsidiaries in Peripheral Areas
Regional Studies, 2015, Forthcoming
Posted: 28 Jan 2015
Date Written: January 27, 2015
Pressured by heightened competition, multinational enterprises (MNEs) are discovering pockets of resources in non-traditional locations. This study proposes a dynamic model explaining the role of MNE subsidiary entry timing, entry mode and mandate in the process of transforming a peripheral area of an advanced market economy into an ‘emerging cluster’, a location where internal (local) resources and external (international) connectivity have been established, but are not yet mature. Illustrative cases relating to a period of almost five decades from a peripheral European Union area support the conclusion that MNEs’ strategies are critical in transforming shallow resource pools into emerging clusters.
Keywords: Peripheral areas, Shallow resource pools, Emerging clusters, Subsidiary entry timing, Entry mode and mandate
JEL Classification: F23, R11, R58
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