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Kim, MinChung
Strategic Marketing and Firm Value
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  • Top Management Team (TMT) dynamics and marketing/management strategies
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Expatriate Staffing and Foreign Affiliate’s Labor Productivity: Contingent on Foreign Production Intensity and Cultural Distance

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Title
Expatriate Staffing and Foreign Affiliate’s Labor Productivity: Contingent on Foreign Production Intensity and Cultural Distance
Author
Lee, SeungraeKim, MinChung
Issue Date
2021-02
Publisher
한국무역학회
Citation
JOURNAL OF KOREA TRADE, v.25, no.1, pp.133 - 151
Abstract
Purpose - This study examines the effects of expatriate transfer on foreign affiliate’s labor productivity. Design/Methodology - Using Korean owned foreign affiliate level data, we estimate the effect of expatriate transfer on foreign affiliate’s labor productivity using the system generalized method of moments model. We also consider foreign affiliate and host country specific contingencies and test how they are associated with expatriates in enhancing foreign affiliate’s labor productivity. Findings - We consider foreign production intensity and cultural distance between the home (i.e., South Korea) and host countries as key contingencies that influence the effect of expatriates on foreign affiliate’s labor productivity. We find that expatriates are effective in enhancing the labor productivity of less production intensive foreign affiliates. This effect is strengthened as expatriates are deployed to countries that share cultural similarities with the home country. Originality/value - Considering that previous studies provide mixed results on the effect of expatriates, our findings suggest that foreign affiliate specific operational orientation and cultural distance should be considered jointly to understand the true effect of expatriate staffing on foreign affiliate performance.
URI
https://scholarworks.unist.ac.kr/handle/201301/49847
DOI
10.35611/jkt.2021.25.1.133
ISSN
1229-828X
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