Developing non-traditional firm-specific advantages in domestic strategic factor markets: evidence from China

Wan, Feng, Williamson, Peter and Pandit, Naresh (2024) Developing non-traditional firm-specific advantages in domestic strategic factor markets: evidence from China. Multinational Business Review. ISSN 1525-383X

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Abstract

Purpose: Chinese firms are winning market share from foreign multinational enterprises in domestic markets. The international business literature suggests that this is happening because these firms are developing non-traditional firm-specific advantages (FSAs). Strategic factor market (SFM) theory provides a good basis for explaining how this is happening. However, it is underdeveloped in terms of analysing unique resources and unique access to those resources by Chinese firms in their domestic markets. This paper aims to develop a framework to understand how Chinese firms have developed non-traditional FSAs. Design/methodology/approach: The case study method is adopted to explore how Chinese firms develop non-traditional FSAs. Specifically, the authors compare paired case studies of a Chinese firm and a foreign multinational in each of two industries. Findings: The authors find that Chinese firms have developed non-traditional FSAs because of more relevant experience, better adapted strategies and privileged relationships. This has enabled Chinese firms to develop non-traditional FSAs. Originality/value: The authors propose a framework that conceptualises non-traditional FSA development in Chinese firms as a product of superior access to unique and valuable resources in their domestic SFMs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: business, management and accounting(all),3* ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1400
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Marketing
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 May 2024 12:30
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 12:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/95120
DOI: 10.1108/MBR-06-2023-0107

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