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Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 253–273 | Cite as

Ownership-Based Entry Mode Strategies and International Performance

  • C. Patrick Woodcock
  • Paul W. Beamish
  • Shige Makino
Article

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between ownership entry modes and performance. The ownership entry modes examined are the wholly owned modes of acquisition and new venture entry, and the non-wholly owned mode of joint venture entry. A theoretical relationship is developed for international entry modes that is based on the contingency characteristics of resource requirements and organizational control factors. This model suggests that different entry modes have different performance outcomes based upon their resource and organizational control demands. The theoretical model, although developed using the eclectic theoretical approach, is based largely on concepts and relationships previously delineated in contingency theory. Our hypotheses suggest that new ventures should outperform joint ventures, and joint ventures should outperform acquisitions. An empirical test using a sample of 321 Japanese firms entering the North American market provides supporting evidence.

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© Academy of International Business 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Patrick Woodcock
    • 1
  • Paul W. Beamish
    • 1
  • Shige Makino
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Business School, University of Western Ontario

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