The Internationalisation of Chinese mining SOEs and NSOEs: motivations and risk attitudes

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In this paper, two exploratory comparative case studies, detailing the internationalisation of a Chinese mining state-owned enterprise (SOE) and non-state-owned enterprise (NSOE), is presented. Increasing outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) from China’s extractive industries, particularly its mining sector, is becoming one of the more dramatic aspects of globalisation in the new millennium. Emerging market OFDI from extractive industries presents an interesting challenge to established internationalisation theory, which largely evolved through research highlighting the manufacturing activities of large multinational corporations (MNEs) from developed economies. We argue that the strategic behavior of both firms can be explained within existing paradigms albeit, with some interesting extensions. A conceptual framework, integrated with five propositions highlighting their motivations, risk attitudes and multinational experience, is tested. Our paper ends with a conclusion and we highlight relevant managerial implications, limitations and future research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIB 2011 conference proceedings
Place of PublicationEast Lansing, MI
PublisherAcademy of International Business
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventAcademy of International Business Annual Meeting (53rd : 2011) - Nagoya, Japan
Duration: 24 Jun 201128 Jun 2011


ConferenceAcademy of International Business Annual Meeting (53rd : 2011)
CityNagoya, Japan


  • State-owned enterprises (SOEs)
  • Non-state-owned enterprises (NSOEs)
  • mining risk
  • motivations
  • institutional-based view


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