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Knowledge transfer through appropriate location selection: An empirical investigation in China

Liang, F and Nichols, S 2007 , 'Knowledge transfer through appropriate location selection: An empirical investigation in China' , Journal of Asia Business Studies, vol. 1, no. 2 , pp. 45-54 .

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This paper investigates the location determinants of foreign investors and how the location decision-making impacts on their knowledge transfer strategies. Survey data were collected in Yunnan, a southwest province of China. By examining two different sets of location factors at both the national and provincial levels, the research found that location factors at the provincial level, rather than at the national level, directly influenced foreign investors’ knowledge transfer strategies. The research also found that the support of Yunnan’s local government compensated for the underdeveloped endowment conditions of the province, significantly increasing knowledge transfer of foreign investors. The research suggests that foreign investors need to make appropriate location selection to efficiently exploit their ownership advantages. A well-structured policy regime is required of host countries in order to encourage knowledge transfer by foreign investors.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Liang, F and Nichols, S
Keywords: Knowledge Transfer, Location Selection, Foreign Invested Firms, China
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Asia Business Studies
Publisher: University of San Francisco
ISSN: 1558-7894
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