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Domestic rivalry and export performance: theory and evidence from international airline markets

  • Joseph A. Clougherty
  • Anming Zhang

The much studied relationship between domestic rivalry and export performance consists of those supporting a national-champion rationale, and those supporting a rivalry rationale. While the empirical literature generally supports the positive effects of domestic rivalry, the national-champion rationale actually rests on firmer theoretical ground. We address this inconsistency by providing a theoretical framework that illustrates three paths via which domestic rivalry translates into enhanced international exports. Furthermore, empirical tests on the world airline industry elicit the existence of one particular path - an enhanced firm performance effect - that connects domestic rivalry with improved international exports.

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Volume (Year): 42 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 440-468

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