Hybridisation practices as organisational responses to institutional demands: the development of retail TNCs in China

Siebers, L.Q. ORCID: 0000-0002-2664-9065, 2017. Hybridisation practices as organisational responses to institutional demands: the development of retail TNCs in China. Journal of Economic Geography, 17 (1), pp. 1-29. ISSN 0957-8765

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Abstract

This longitudinal case study evaluates the strategic responses of Western retail transnational corporations (TNCs) to China’s business environment. It explicates how hybridization helps adapt and ultimately alter local institutional settings. Two-fold findings are discussed: the hybrid practices impacting on host market institutions, This longitudinal case study evaluates the strategic responses of Western retail transnational corporations (TNCs) to China’s business environment. It explicates how hybridization helps adapt and ultimately alter local institutional settings. Two-fold findings are discussed: the hybrid practices impacting on host market institutions, involving laws and regulations, fair competition, business networks, empowerment, corporate social responsibility, employee retention and quality control; and those impacting on consumption patterns, involving tailored offerings, targeting, new market ideology, store location, price and cost leadership. By doing so, the TNCs create new competitive pressures on China’s retail market. The findings show the transfer of management practices that do not align with a host market may subtly alter its norms and practices. To sustain competitive advantage and enhance territorial embeddedness, the TNCs switch their key stakeholders from the governments to their businesses, the society and the consumers over time. However, their long-term legitimacy remains uncertain in China.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Economic Geography
Creators: Siebers, L.Q.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: January 2017
Volume: 17
Number: 1
ISSN: 0957-8765
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NumberType
10.1093/jeg/lbv041DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 03 Nov 2015 16:18
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 07:34
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26137

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