Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 27–50

Emerging Asian MNEs and Their Internationalization Strategies—Case Study Evidence on Taiwanese and Singaporean Firms



There is as yet limited empirical research on the internationalization processes, strategies and operations of Asian MNEs. Drawing on primary data from 12 case studies of emerging Taiwanese and Singaporean MNEs in the textile and electronics industries, this paper examines and analyses their internationalization characteristics and strategies, including motivations, patterns and sources of competitive advantage. The findings indicate that the emerging Taiwanese and Singaporean MNEs, while exhibiting characteristics such as that described in extant theories also suggest some differences. The empirical findings, limitations and areas for further research are discussed.

Asian multinational enterprise internationalization strategy Taiwanese and Singaporean firms 


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  1. 1.School of Management, Marketing and Employment RelationsUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  2. 2.Graduate School of Business & Professional DevelopmentUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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