volume 25, issue 1, P28-51 2017
DOI: 10.1108/mbr-04-2016-0016
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Shengsheng Huang, John Cantwell

Abstract: Purpose This paper proposes locational ambidexterity as a location-specific factor based on an operation flexibility perspective, and explores why and how multinational corporations (MNCs) proactively deal with uncertainty by valuing locational ambidexterity in making location decisions. Design/methodology/approach Location choice data for foreign direct investment (FDI) at a sub-national level in China is used to test the role of locational ambidexterity. Findings We find that FDI generally prefers locat…

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