Title

Expatriate Or Local? Predicting Japanese, Subsidiary Expatriate Staffing Strategies

Department

Marketing & Professional Sales

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2008

Abstract

Can Dunning's OLI (Ownership, Location, Internalization) framework be extended from predicting FDI location decisions and entry mode choices to other international strategic decisions? Using data from 891 new (two years or younger) Japanese foreign subsidiaries, we investigate the relationship between Dunning's OLI variables and expatriate staffing ratios (the ratio of expatriates to local employees). We found empirical support for Dunning's framework as a predictor of Japanese new subsidiary expatriate staffing ratios. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.