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Foreign Direct Investment in China: Beyond the Representative Office

Diego Quer (University of Alicante, Spain)
Enrique Claver (University of Alicante, Spain)

Journal of Asia Business Studies

ISSN: 1558-7894

Article publication date: 1 May 2008



Nowadays, China is one of the most important destinations for international expansion of firms from all over the world. Based on the traditional theory on foreign direct investment and the resource‐based view of the firm, this paper analyzes the influence of various tangible and intangible firm‐specific factors on the choice amongst three different modes of entry into China: representative office, joint venture and wholly‐owned subsidiary. The results obtained suggest that the size of the investing firm, its performance as well as its experience regarding the country have a positive influence on the choice of types of foreign direct investment that involve a high level of resources commitment. In addition, the specific aim of the project affects these relationships.



Quer, D. and Claver, E. (2008), "Foreign Direct Investment in China: Beyond the Representative Office", Journal of Asia Business Studies, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 23-31.



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