Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Finance and Decision Sciences

Title

National culture and corporate investment

Language

English

Abstract

We explore the relation between individualism and horizons and types of corporate investment, based on individualism's implications for risk taking. We find that firms in individualistic countries invest more in long-term (risky) than in short-term (safe) assets. Moreover, the effect of individualism on long-term investment hinges on R&D: firms in individualistic countries invest more in R&D projects but not more in physical assets. To test whether risk taking is the channel through which individualism works, we employ two-stage ordinary least squares and other analyses to nullify alternative explanations, such as: (1) uncontrolled institutions determine both individualism and R&D; and (2) firms in individualistic countries invest more in R&D because they have higher investment efficiency, or pick less-risky R&D projects. We further find that individualistic firms tend to employ excess cash to increase R&D rather than increase dividends, and R&D decisions are less reliant on internal financing but more responsive to growth opportunities in individualistic countries. © 2013 Academy of International Business All rights reserved.

Keywords

cultural dimensions, finance, innovation and R&D, national culture, technology and innovation

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Journal of International Business Studies

Volume

44

Issue

7

Start Page

745

End Page

763

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

DOI

10.1057/jibs.2013.26

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2013.26

ISSN (print)

00472506

ISSN (electronic)

14786990

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