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Determinants of Equity Ownership Stake in Foreign Entry Decisions: A Systematic Review and Research Agenda
, Chhabra A., Li Y.
Published in Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume: 23
Issue: 2
Pages: 244 - 276
In international business (IB), the level of equity ownership adopted by a firm is an important decision. In this study, we review and synthesize the findings of 105 empirical studies published in prominent IB and management journals on the determinants of equity ownership stake in foreign investment decisions, published between 1991 and 2020. Three primary theoretical lenses ‒ organizational learning perspective, transaction cost economics and institutional perspective – are adopted to catalogue and synthesize the existing literature. We find that, despite the proliferation of IB studies on antecedents of level of equity ownership decisions, many unanswered questions remain. We also find that theoretical fault lines impede progress in this research stream. Based on the literature review, we suggest a research programme that includes accounting for the behavioural view of decision-making in the organization, shifting from an atomistic perspective to a network perspective of the firm, having a better understanding of the process of internationalization and considering industry heterogeneity as well as the host country's characteristics. © 2021 British Academy of Management and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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JournalInternational Journal of Management Reviews
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Open AccessNo