Does international expansion constrain growth? Business groups, internationalization, institutional distance, and the Penrose effect

Wen Ting Lin, Ying Yu Chen, David Ahlstrom, Linda C. Wang

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to use the institutional and information-processing perspectives to explore their association with between internationalization and the Penrose effect phenomenon for business groups (BGs). Design/methodology/approach: The authors use ordinary least squares regression models to test arguments about data pertaining to 101 Taiwanese BGs’ foreign direct investments. Findings: The results indicate that greater levels of depth and scope in the process of internationalization during one period may negatively affect rates of growth in the following period. The results further demonstrate that institutional distance moderates the relationship. Research limitations/implications: Using the perspective of information-processing demands, the authors provide alternate explanations regarding the relationship between the process of internationalization (depth, scope and rhythm) and the Penrose effect. Originality/value: Owners and managers should focus on both the depth and the scope of internationalization. BGs are likely to incur high dynamic adjustment costs, which then limit the rate of BGs’ growth. Managers should balance international market uncertainty with current managerial resources when determining how deeply and broadly to expand internationally and where to enter. In addition, as recent major panel studies suggest, management capabilities and practices can improve significantly, which has a positive effect on firm growth and performance. This does require the careful development and acquisition of the managerial resources needed for internationalization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-95
Number of pages26
JournalMultinational Business Review
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 7

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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