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Institutional entrepreneurship and cross-border innovation in China

Chung, Leanne ORCID: 2008. Institutional entrepreneurship and cross-border innovation in China. Presented at: 1st ISPIM Innovation Symposium, Singapore, 14th-17th December 2008. Published in: Huizingh, K. R. E., Torkkeli, M., Conn, S. and Bitran, I. eds. Managing innovation in a connected world: proceedings of the first ISPIM Innovation Symposium, Singapore, 14th-17th December 2008. SMU Press,

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This paper combines institutionalism and resource-based theory to develop a framework for analysing institutional entrepreneurial acts in relation to the cross-border management of innovative practices between Hong Kong multinational corporations (MNCs) and their affiliates in China. The research is based on a comparative case study of three joint ventures between partners from a single Hong Kong parent company and the three state-owned Port Authorities in China: Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Ningbo. The institutional entrepreneurship demonstrated by these organisations is varied, and this affects whether managers choose to “transform” or “conform” to the institutional constraints. The organizational outcomes were manifested by the extent to which innovation practices are successfully transferred and managed. This study investigates how managers can leverage resources, build relational network and act in response to the impact of the three institutional pillars (regulative, normative, and cognitive) and how their actions vary as organisations evolve over time. The study offers new insights into (1) the combination of institutional and resource-based perspectives to understand the relation between entrepreneurship and innovation, (2) the equilibrium nature of the processes of institutional entrepreneurship and innovation, and (3) the contingent factors that lead to the transformation of innovation practices in MNCs’ cross-border affiliates through successful transfer and management processes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Uncontrolled Keywords: human resources management; institutional entrepreneurship; innovation; cross-border management; practice transfer; China; Hong Kong
Publisher: SMU Press
ISBN: 9789522146656
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