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IBS Lunchtime Research Seminar - Informal institutions and the international strategy of MNEs: Effects of institutional effectiveness, convergence, and distance

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Date 15 May 2024
Time 13:00-14:30 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Price Free
Venue Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus
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You are cordially invited to attend an International Business and Strategy Departmental Research Meeting, during which there will be a presentation by Dr Luis Alfonso Dau D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University . A reminder that attendance for IBS (full time, research oriented) staff and full-time students is compulsory, and where possible, must be in person. Individuals unable to attend in person, due to legitimate reasons will be provided a Teams link on request. Non-IBS staff are welcome to attend, but must register prior to the event. If you have not received the email invite please email Angie Clark

Please join us in Room 108, Henley Business School, if you would like to attend, please register using the link below:

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Please make sure you let me know in advance if you intend to attend in person so that the correct amount of catering is booked.

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2024, HBS Room 108

Time: 13.00 - 14.15pm


Informal institutions influence all aspects of international business (IB), but they have received limited attention in the literature relative to formal institutions. This article extends prior IB work by examining the relationships between several key formal and informal institutional factors and the international strategy of MNEs. First, it examines the direct effects of formal and informal institutional effectiveness, convergence, and distance on MNE local adaption, developing arguments and propositions for each relationship. Second, it focuses on the interactions of formal and informal institutional effectiveness and convergence to develop an eight-fold typology of market institutional configurations. This typology depicts the role that informal institutions take in a market depending on the interaction of these three institutional factors. Third, it builds on these interactions and the concept of institutional distance to develop a conceptual framework of market and MNE institutional diversity and dynamism. This framework captures the formal and informal institutional relationships within a home market, host market, parent firm, and foreign subsidiary, as well as the informal institutional relationships across each of these entries over time. In so doing, this article helps advance research on informal institutions and IB, which can lead to considerable future work on the topic.

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