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Title: Intra- and inter-organizational imitative behavior: Institutional influences on Japanese firms' entry mode choice
Authors: Lu, J.W. 
Issue Date: 2002
Source: Lu, J.W. (2002). Intra- and inter-organizational imitative behavior: Institutional influences on Japanese firms' entry mode choice. Journal of International Business Studies 33 (1) : 19-37. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper compares the predictions of transaction cost and institutional theories in an empirical study of the entry mode choice for 1,194 Japanese foreign subsidiaries. The findings indicate the institutional model adds significant explanatory power over and above the predictions of the transaction cost model. Using the concepts of frequency-based, trait-based and out-come-based imitation, I find support for institutional isomorphism, as later entrants tended to follow the entry mode patterns established by earlier entrants. Isomorphic behavior was also present within a firm, as firms exhibited consistency in entry mode choices across time. Further, a firm's investment experience moderated institutional influences on entry mode choice.
Source Title: Journal of International Business Studies
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/44316
ISSN: 00472506
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