New Methods for Ex Post Evaluation of Regional Grouping Schemes in International Business Research: A Simulated Annealing Approach

Paul M. Vaaler, Ruth V. Aguilera, Ricardo Flores

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International business research has long acknowledged the importance of regional factors for foreign direct investment (FDI) by multinational corporations (MNCs). However, significant differences when defining these regions obscure the analysis about how and why regions matter. In response, we develop and empirically document support for a framework to evaluate alternative regional grouping schemes. We demonstrate application of this evaluative framework using data on the global location decisions by US-based MNCs from 1980 to 2000 and two alternative regional grouping schemes. We conclude with discussion of implications for future academic research related to understanding the impact of country groupings on MNC FDI decisions.

Idioma originalAnglès
Títol de la publicacióResearch Methodology in Strategy and Management
EditorsDavid Ketchen, Donald Bergh
Pàgines161-190
Nombre de pàgines30
DOIs
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 2007

Sèrie de publicacions

NomResearch Methodology in Strategy and Management
Volum4
ISSN (imprès)1479-8387

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