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The internationalization process of Italian fashion fi rms: the governance role of the founding team

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  • Ernesto Tavoletti

    (University of Macerata)

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This study aims at exploring the process of internationalization in the Italian fashion firms, focusing on strategy-structure fit and the governance role of the founding team in providing such a fit. It does so with a single case study of a leading fashion firm. It suggests that classic deterministic theories about strategy-structure fit in growing firms offer poor guide. The strategy is entirely \emergent" and inspired by the specific talents of the founding team. Evidence confirms the causal link between strategy and structure: company structure is network based and evolves according to the emerging strategy. However, the development route does not follow any deterministic model: Uppsala's model of incremental and cognitive internationalisation, especially in its revisited and network based form, appears to be the more appropriate reference for the case, characterised by creative dynamics that are constantly evolving, following the vision and strategy that are constantly provided by the founding team.

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  • Ernesto Tavoletti, 2010. "The internationalization process of Italian fashion fi rms: the governance role of the founding team," Working Papers 29-2010, Macerata University, Department of Studies on Economic Development (DiSSE), revised Jul 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcr:wpaper:wpaper00029
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    Keywords

    network; fashion industry; strategy; founding team; internationalisation; structure;

    JEL classification:

    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General

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