Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

Internationalising in small, incremental or larger steps?

Contents:

Author Info

  • Harry G Barkema

    ([1] Department of Organisation and Strategy, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands [2] Department of Management, London School of Economics, London, UK [3] Department of Technology and Innovation Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

  • Rian Drogendijk

    (Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden)

Registered author(s):

    Abstract

    We argue that companies may enter foreign environments either incrementally, as suggested by long-established theory, or by taking larger steps that may result in lower initial performance but, through learning and experience, lead to increased performance in future expansions. This idea is corroborated by the experience of Dutch companies entering into Central and Eastern Europe. We also find that expansion steps may be too large, thereby limiting the exploration of foreign environments. Our study suggests that sequential internationalisation strategies do still matter, and that companies have to balance exploitation and exploration in internationalisation. Journal of International Business Studies (2007) 38, 1132–1148. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400315

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jibs/journal/v38/n7/pdf/8400315a.pdf
    File Function: Link to full text PDF
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    File URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jibs/journal/v38/n7/full/8400315a.html
    File Function: Link to full text HTML
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Bibliographic Info

    Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Journal of International Business Studies.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 7 (December)
    Pages: 1132-1148

    as in new window
    Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:38:y:2007:i:7:p:1132-1148

    Contact details of provider:
    Web page: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/

    Order Information:
    Postal: Palgrave Macmillan Journals, Subscription Department, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 6XS, UK
    Email:
    Web: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/pal/subscribe/index.html

    Related research

    Keywords:

    References

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as in new window

    Cited by:
    1. Naude, Wim, 2009. ".Rushing in where Angels Fear to Tread?.: The Early Internationalization of Indigenous Chinese Firms," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    2. Li, Peter Ping, 2010. "Toward a learning-based view of internationalization: The accelerated trajectories of cross-border learning for latecomers," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 43-59, March.
    3. Zhong, Weiguo & Peng, Jisheng & Liu, Chunlin, 2013. "Internationalization performance of Chinese multinational companies in the developed markets," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 66(12), pages 2479-2484.
    4. Christian Keen & Yuanyuan Wu, 2011. "An ambidextrous learning model for the internationalization of firms from emerging economies," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 316-339, December.
    5. Tsai-Ju Liao & Chwo-Ming Yu, 2013. "The impact of local linkages, international linkages, and absorptive capacity on innovation for foreign firms operating in an emerging economy," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, Springer, vol. 38(6), pages 809-827, December.
    6. Gaur, Ajai S. & Kumar, Vikas & Singh, Deeksha, 2014. "Institutions, resources, and internationalization of emerging economy firms," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 12-20.
    7. Tseng, Chiung-Hui & Lee, Ruby P., 2010. "Host environmental uncertainty and equity-based entry mode dilemma: The role of market linking capability," International Business Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 407-418, August.
    8. Hsu, Chia-Wen & Lien, Yung-Chih & Chen, Homin, 2013. "International ambidexterity and firm performance in small emerging economies," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 58-67.
    9. Desislava Dikova & Andreja Jaklic & Anze Burger & Aliaz Kuncic, 2014. "Export diversity or focus? What strategy is best for first-time internationalizing SMEs from an emerging market?," Working Papers/Institute for International Business, Institute for International Business iibp1, Institute for International Business.
    10. Alvaro, Cuervo-Cazurra, 2011. "Selecting the country in which to start internationalization: The non-sequential internationalization model," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 46(4), pages 426-437, October.
    11. Naudé, Wim & Matthee, Marianne, 2012. "Do Export Costs Matter in Determining Whether, When, and How Much African Firms Export?," Working Papers, JICA Research Institute 38, JICA Research Institute.
    12. Aggarwal, Raj & Berrill, Jenny & Hutson, Elaine & Kearney, Colm, 2011. "What is a multinational corporation? Classifying the degree of firm-level multinationality," International Business Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 20(5), pages 557-577, October.
    13. Ibeh, Kevin & Kasem, Laila, 2014. "Internationalization's effect on marketing learning: A study of Syrian firms," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 67(5), pages 680-685.
    14. Prange, Christiane & Verdier, Sylvie, 2011. "Dynamic capabilities, internationalization processes and performance," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 126-133, January.
    15. Dikova, Desislava, 2009. "Performance of foreign subsidiaries: Does psychic distance matter?," International Business Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 38-49, February.

    Lists

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:38:y:2007:i:7:p:1132-1148. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Elizabeth Gale).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.