The Fourth presenters in the MLGRG speaker series is Professor Robert E Hoskisson, George R. Brown Chair of Strategic Management, Jones School of Business, Rice University, USA. Friday, Mar 23, 2012


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“New” Multinational's Internationalization and Performance: Why Strategic Factor Markets Matter 

In his presentation, Dr. Hoskisson presented a study that proposes a comparative cross-country perspective by drawing on the concept of a strategic factor market. The study also develops a contingency framework for explaining variations in the economic performance of the ‘new’ multinational enterprises (MNEs) associated with geographic diversification. Dr. Hoskisson explained that such a contingency framework helps establish the external context in terms of the development of strategic factor markets in host compared to home countries under which the new MNEs’ firm-specific advantages contribute differentially to economic performance associated with geographic diversification. Specifically, the study hypothesizes that geographic diversification into resource-richer (versus resource-poorer) host countries than the home country has a U-shaped (versus an inverted U-shaped) relationship with firm performance. Using a sample of 186 Korean manufacturing MNEs during the 1993-2003 period, our study finds supporting evidence for our hypotheses. 

Robert E. Hoskisson is the George R. Brown Chair of Strategic Management at the Jones School of Business at Rice University. His research topics focus on corporate strategy and governance and he teaches courses in corporate and international strategic management, among others. Professor Hoskisson has served on several editorial boards for such publications as the Strategic Management Journal (current Associate Editor), Academy of Management Journal (Consulting Editor), Journal of International Business Studies (Consulting Editor), Journal of Management (Associate editor) and Organization Science. His research has appeared in over 100 publications including the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Perspective, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of World Business, among others. He has co-authored over 20 books including Strategic Management: Globalization and Competitiveness (10th Edition), Competing for Advantage (2nd Edition) and Understanding Business Strategy (3rd Edition). He was recently ranked among the top scholars in business and economics by the Times Higher Education ( He has served on the Board of Directors and is currently the president-elect and a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society. He has served on the Board of Governors and is also a fellow of the Academy of Management and is a charter member of the Academy Journal’s Hall of Fame.