Maison Franco-japonaise: 日仏会館 Institut français de recherche sur le Japon à la Maison franco-japonaise (UMIFRE 19 MEAE-CNRS)

Langue:JA / FR


Lunch Seminar on Japanese Economy and Society

Emerging-market MNEs & developed-market SMEs
The example of Chinese investments in France

en anglais sans traduction
Date mardi 13 décembre 2016 / 12:30 – 14:00
Lieu Room 601
Conférencier Bruno AMANN (Univ. of Toulouse),
Jacques JAUSSAUD (Univ. of Pau)

This seminar is based on research carried out by Bruno Amann, Carole Jean-Amans (University of Toulouse 3, France), Jacques Jaussaud and Boqi Zhang (University of Pau, France).  
Reports in the economic press suggest that it is no longer rare for multinationals from emerging countries to cooperate with local SMEs when trying to enter developed markets. Despite the commonly held fear of predatory behaviour, we use examples of Chinese firms investing in French SMEs to illustrate how asymmetries between the companies involved may be a source of potential alliances and joint business developments. Nevertheless, these asymmetries were often regarded as weaknesses, either for the Chinese firms—because of their geographical origin—or for the French SMEs—because of their small size. A desire to overcome these weaknesses by strategically combining asymmetries may explain not only the motives of Chinese companies investing in developed-market SMEs, but also the outcome of such investments. We strive to highlight the characteristics of Chinese investments in French SMEs through a comparison with Japanese investments in France. 



Bruno AMANN is a professor in management science at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse. He has published several articles in leading academic journals on family business, corporate governance and international management. For more information, see


Jacques JAUSSAUD s a professor in management, and the Vice dean of the Doctoral School in Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Pau, France. His research interests include business strategy, organisational control and human resources management, with a particular focus on Japan, China and other Asian countries. He has also co-edited several books, including The Changing Economic Environment in Asia: Firms’ Strategies in the Region (Palgrave, 2001), and Economic Integration in Asia – Towards the Delineation of a Sustainable Path (Palgrave, 2014).

Moderator : Cécile SAKAI (UMIFRE 19 - MFJ)
Organization : Bureau français de la MFJ
Co-organization : CCI France Japon.

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