Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 385–405

What determines the scope of the firm over time and around the world? An Asia Pacific perspective


    • School of ManagementUniversity of Texas at Dallas
  • Andrew Delios
    • Department of Business PolicyNational University of Singapore

DOI: 10.1007/s10490-006-9021-4

Cite this article as:
Peng, M.W. & Delios, A. Asia Pacific J Manage (2006) 23: 385. doi:10.1007/s10490-006-9021-4


“What determines the scope of the firm?” is a fundamental question in strategy research. We argue that a new generation of diversification research needs to address the extended question: What determines the scope of the firm—both product and geographic—over time and around the world? This article has three goals: (1) to increase awareness among researchers on the necessity to add the much needed but often neglected time and geographic dimensions by introducing a new typology in diversification research, (2) to review how Asia Pacific research, including articles in this Special Issue, has contributed to our global understanding along both dimensions, and (3) to advance an institution-based view on diversification strategies that has largely been propelled by Asia Pacific research.


Scope of the firm Product diversification Geographic diversification Institution-based view

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