The internationalization processes of the firm: a new research agenda

Blankenburg Holm, D., Drogendijk, R., Hohenthal, J., Holm, U., Johanson, M. & Zander, I., 2009, Research on Knowledge, Innovation and Internationalization: Progress in International Business Research. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Vol. 4. p. 3-20 (Progress in International Business Research; vol. 4, no. 1).

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  • Desiree Blankenburg Holm
  • Rian Drogendijk
  • Jukka Hohenthal
  • Ulf Holm
  • Martin Johanson
  • Ivo Zander
Purpose - We examine the fundamental assumptions and features of the Uppsala model of internationalisation and argue that we need to look beyond this model for studying internationalisation processes in multinational companies (MNCs) of today. The purpose of our paper is to identify gaps and neglected issues regarding MNCs’ internationalisation processes that demand further theoretical and empirical study.
Methodology - Our approach is conceptual: based on the most cited model on internationalisation, the Uppsala model, we approach the complex internationalisation processes that continuously go on in modern MNCs. We use related bodies of literature, on MNC structure and strategy, Headquarter – subsidiary relationships, MNC subsidiary strategy and development, and opportunity seeking and entrepreneurship, to fill in the gaps and develop the emerging research themes.
Findings- We identify the following three issues that need further investigation: the opportunity recognition process preceding internationalisation processes in MNCs, the internationalisation of multiple products within the confines of the growing MNC, and the internationalisation of foreign MNC units.
Research limitations- In this paper we open up new research fields, but do not offer empirical studies to inform us about these relevant issues. Future research should study these issues empirically, preferably through case study methodologies and / or with longitudinal designs.
Originality- The contribution of our paper is its identification of three research issues in relation to internationalisation processes of modern MNCs, which we argue are neglected by contemporary research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch on Knowledge, Innovation and Internationalization
Subtitle of host publicationProgress in International Business Research
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
ISBN (Electronic)1745-8862
ISBN (Print)978-1-84855-956-1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProgress in International Business Research
ISSN (Print)1745-8862

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