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Internationalisation of the firm theories: a schematic synthesis


  • Cláudia P. Ribau
  • António C. Moreira
  • Mário Raposo


This article carries out an integrative analysis of internationalisation theories. The most important contributions to the literature on internationalisation theories are used to create a schematic table giving a framework overview. This approach shows the high-level interaction of the literature, covering all internationalisation theories, their focus and basic assumptions, while at the same time showing their historical timeline. We identify the main schools of thought - ranging from economics based to integrative models - using an analysis that begins in the 18th century and ends in the 21st century with the most recent trends in internationalisation theories. This schematic and integrative analysis aims to support the academic community in their research on business internationalisation.

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  • Cláudia P. Ribau & António C. Moreira & Mário Raposo, 2015. "Internationalisation of the firm theories: a schematic synthesis," International Journal of Business and Globalisation, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 15(4), pages 528-554.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijbglo:v:15:y:2015:i:4:p:528-554

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