How are institutional capabilities transferred across borders?

Michael Carney, Marleen Dieleman, Markus Taussig

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We develop the idea that an emerging economy firm can develop institutional capabilities at home that can be transferred to institutionally proximate emerging economies. Drawing upon the organizational capabilities, internationalization process, and institutional work literatures, we define institutional capabilities as heuristics, skills, and routines that facilitate the execution of institutional strategies in host countries. Since institutional capabilities gestate over a long period of time, we narrate a longitudinal case study of a property developer operating at the blurred boundaries between state and private enterprise in two Southeast Asian countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)882-894
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing


  • Emerging economies
  • Host country institutions
  • Institutional capabilities
  • MNEs


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