Stephen Morris Blogs

Location Strategy and Firm Value Creation: The case of Chinese MNEs

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*When: April 26, Tue, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
*Where: CO 317

Title: Location Strategy and Firm Value Creation: The case of Chinese MNEs
Abstract:
The trend of Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) seems unstoppable. There has been a surge of overseas investment from China both to developing and developed countries. However, we have limited understanding of the impact the internationalization of these firms have on their value creation. In this paper, we draw on organizational learning theory to explore the impact of different types of FDI (i.e, exploitative and explorative FDI) and MNEs’ FDI location choice on firm value creation. Using event study methodology, we find that FDI types affect value creation for Chinese MNEs. In addition, we empirically demonstrate that positive value is created when Chinese MNEs aligned their location choice with international expansion strategy. We contribute to the growing body of literature on internationalization of Chinese firms by empirically verifying whether international expansion creates value for the firm and whether the types of FDI and location strategies have impact on firm value creation. We also contribute to the FDI theory building by extending the traditional FDI theories to the context of emerging market MNEs, namely Chinese MNEs.

Moral Minefields: Understanding Ethical Construction in the US Defense Industry

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*When: April 19, Thu, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
*Where: MH 230

Title:
Moral Minefields: Understanding Ethical Construction in the US Defense Industry

Abstract:
Within the realm of organizational ethics, research efforts have largely been directed towards the description and prescription of behaviors which are deemed as “ethically positive”. However, little attention has been given towards understanding how people construct their ethical perspectives (individual and organizational). This paper attempts to transcend the traditional sensemaking paradigm usually applied to social and organizational processes and instead uses an interpretive phenomenological approach towards understanding the psychology of ethical construction. Data from the defence industry highlight how workers separate ethical processes from ethical consequences and in turn, the respective social and professional benefits that come from doing so. Findings have implications for how the field of ethics both frames and communicates the role of psychology in organizational morality and highlights the value of data from samples often perceived as ethically contentious.

Internal project management communication from a strategic perspective

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 When: April 07, Thu, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Where: MH 230

Line Berggreen Ramsing presents:

Explicit awareness of personal communication competence in project management communication unfolds opportunities to influence key project stakeholders at any given level. Clear and focused personal communication exceeds any IT system and therefore it pays off to invest in good project communication. However, from a project investment perspective companies are focused on IT, performance measurement; project monitoring, project development and project management systems with the purpose of meeting deadlines for delivery and gaining profit. But when deadlines and expectations are not met, when customers are not satisfied, it is a result of poor human communication - not because Excel or any other IT system fails in calculating a given situation.The importance of considering project communication strategically is a well established requirement within project management. Ongoing stakeholder analysis enables the project manager to continuously monitor and consider the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘why’ and to some extent the ‘how’ of communication of information to stakeholders. What still remains to be explored is the ‘how’ of personal communication competence.