Firm entry modes and Chinese business networks: Malaysian investments in Vietnam

Guanie Lim
  • Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, March 2016, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/sjtg.12133

Malaysian Outward FDI

What is it about?

How do Malaysian companies invest in Vietnam? This paper answers this simple yet important question by unpacking the entry modes of such companies. It also sheds light on how the companies utilize ethnic Chinese business networks in achieving their goals.

Why is it important?

The paper shows that who-you-know can trump professional know-how, in particular situations. Thus, the idea of meritocracy and perfect competition must be re-examined.


Dr Guanie Lim
National University of Singapore

For years, scholars have examined the inward foreign direct investment (FDI) entering Malaysia. Little is known about Malaysia's outward FDI. This paper attempts to fill this intellectual lacuna by showing how Malaysian outward FDI actually takes root in Vietnam (one of the most popular investment destination for multinational corporations).

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