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Titel


Foreign Direct Investment Decision-Making Processes of Swiss Small and Medium Enterprises in China

Titel (englisch)



Autor/Autorin


Schmidli, Christian

2. Autor/Autorin



Geburtsdatum


25.06.1963

Geburtsort


St. Gallen, Schweiz

Matrikelnummer



Schlagwörter (GND)


Schweiz; China; Klein- und Mittelbetrieb; Markteintrittsstrategie; Entscheidungsprozess; Investitionsentscheidung; Direktinvestition

DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification)


Wirtschaft - 330

Freie Stichwörter (deutsch)


Entscheidungsfindung; Entscheidungstheorie : Unternehmen; Schweizer Klein- und Mittelgrosse Unternehmen; Internationalisierungsprozess; Markteintritt; Neuer Markt

Freie Stichwörter (englisch)


China; Decision-Making; Foreign Direct Investment; Small and Medium Sized Enterprises; Market-entry

Kurzfassung


Klein- und Mittelgrosse Unternehmen (KMU) können im Vergleich zu Grossunternehmen weniger freie Ressourcen aufweisen. Der Internationalisierungsprozess, und im speziellen der damit stattfindende Entscheidungsprozess, von acht Schweizern KMUs wird analysiert. Die empirische Studie basiert auf Fallstudien von Firmen die nach China expandieren und es wird argumentiert, dass die gängigen Internationalisierungsmodelle vertieft auf die Bedürfnisse von KMUs eingehen müssen.

Kurzfassung (englisch)


This dissertation explores foreign direct investment (FDI) decision-making processes of Swiss small and medium sized enterprises (SME) in the uncertain and foreign context of China. Unlike multinational enterprises (MNE), SMEs are smaller and often do not have sufficient resources to fully investigate a major FDI decision. If learning to gain contextual competence is necessary for successful FDI decision-making, how do these firms manage their learning and competencies to invest successfully in China? The main objective of this dissertation addresses the decision-making processes of SMEs for their FDI, how this takes place and how needed competencies are developed and managed.
Two main research questions, addressing areas of managerial interest, are investigated in-depth for China, namely: What is the decision-making process for foreign direct investment by SMEs? How do owners-managers of SMEs make such decisions? A multiple case study approach, based on eight cases studies with in-depth interviews, shows the decision-making process for foreign direct investment develops in phases. The findings support a decision-making model that proposes the decision process is divided into phases. These phases are of differing lengths and depths, largely depending on the type of management, and the decision-making speed can vary greatly between individual companies. The results indicate a distinction between SMEs managed directly by owners-managers and those managed by a board.
The findings show current foreign direct investment and decision-making theory is at a watershed. Previously well-established theories are challenged as emerging markets, such as China, require different approaches and market-entry must be considered as a developmental process, which is individual to a company. Overall the decision-making type can also vary within the same company and among decision-makers. Knowledge available builds, and influences, competencies and results in decision-making based on rationality or experience.

Universität


Universität St.Gallen

Referent/Referentin


Chong, Li Choy (Prof. Dr.)

Korreferent/Korreferentin


Kuno Schedler, Kuno (Prof. Dr.)

Erweitertes Diss. Komitee



Fachgebiet


Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Sprache


ENG

Promotionstermin (dd.mm.yyyy)


15.09.2008

Erstellungsjahr (yyyy)


2008

Dokumentart


Dissertation

Format


PDF

Dissertationsnummer


3477

Quelle



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dis3477.pdf

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