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After-Development DynamicsSouth Korea's Contemporary Engagement with Asia$
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Anthony P. D'Costa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729433.001.0001

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Cross-border hybridization

Cross-border hybridization

The internationalization of a Korea-based manufacturer in China

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(p.105) 6 Cross-border hybridization
Source:
After-Development Dynamics
Author(s):

Hyunji Kwon

Seong-Jae Cho

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729433.003.0006

This chapter explores the strategic internationalization process through the transfer of production and employment practices abroad by examining Hyundai’s operations in Beijing. It explores the distinctive characteristics of transferring employment practices in latecomer MNCs from established ones and whether these practices are different from the home country. Since latecomer firms adapt international best practices, the question is whether these firms are better placed to adapt their practices when they face different local conditions. This chapter offers an opportunity to observe how adaptable Hyundai is in foreign operations by using Hyundai’s experience of successful growth with a unique hybrid mode of flexible production. This case study of Beijing, Hyundai shows how the firm’s experience at home has affected their choices of employment relations and production strategies in China and thus Korea’s increasing engagement with Asia.

Keywords:   Hyundai Beijing, case study, production strategies, strategic internationalization, employment practices, flexible production, engagement with Asia

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