Making the foreign familiar: The influence of top management team and board of directors characteristics on the adoption of foreign practices

Donghoon Shin, Russell Seidle, Ilya Okhmatovskiy

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Abstract

This paper examines the firm-level antecedents of Six Sigma adoption in Korea. Our results indicate that firms with top executives and board members having work experience in the foreign country where the focal management practice originated and was popularized are more likely to adopt this practice. Furthermore, firms’ exposure to foreign investors exerts a direct effect and also moderates the impact of foreign work experience on adoption. Prior work experience in the country of practice origin reduces the uncertainty inherent in cross-border adoption by providing executives and board members with greater insight into the presumed benefits of the focal practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)937-949
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of World Business
Volume51
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • Foreign ownership
  • Foreign practice adoption
  • Six Sigma
  • Upper echelons theory

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