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The theory of international business pre-Hymer

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This paper examines the theory of international business before 1960 when Stephen Hymer wrote his seminal thesis. It is shown that there existed a considerable amount of theory, but this was uncodified, unsystematic, fragmented and not institutionalised in a single academic discipline. Hymer achieved his insights in a parsimonious fashion, but this has resulted in some interesting and relevant theory being subsequently ignored. It is of considerable benefit to international business theorising to revisit this earlier theory and to recognise its insights.

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  • Buckley, Peter J., 2011. "The theory of international business pre-Hymer," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 61-73, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:46:y:2011:i:1:p:61-73
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    1. Rajneesh Narula & André Pineli, 2016. "Multinational Enterprises and Economic Development in Host Countries: What We Know and What We Don’t Know," John H Dunning Centre for International Business Discussion Papers jhd-dp2016-01, Henley Business School, Reading University.
    2. Tadas Sarapovas & Maik Huettinger & Domas Rickus, 2016. "The Impact Of Market-Related Factors On The Choice Of Foreign Market Entry Mode By Service Firms," Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies, Faculty of Economics, Vilnius University, vol. 7(1).
    3. Verwaal, Ernst, 2017. "Global outsourcing, explorative innovation and firm financial performance: A knowledge-exchange based perspective," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 52(1), pages 17-27.

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