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Bengtson, Anna
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Alimadadi, S., Bengtson, A. & Hadjikhani, A. (2018). How does uncertainty impact opportunity development in internationalization?. International Business Review, 27(1), 161-172
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How does uncertainty impact opportunity development in internationalization?
2018 (English)In: International Business Review, ISSN 0969-5931, E-ISSN 1873-6149, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 161-172Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The features of the internationalization of emerging market multinational companies (EMNCs) create a laboratory for extending theory. In this paper, we argue that a high level of asymmetry between prior knowledge and a non-incremental commitment, such as an acquisition, lies at the core of understanding these types of internationalization processes. Our proposed theoretical view is that while some uncertainties in opportunity development are known to the firms and can be managed by available knowledge, disruptive commitments can result in complexes of unstable and unilineal dynamics that bring about unexpected and hence unforeseeable uncertainties. These uncertainties may be a source of future unintended consequences that will have an impact on the firm as the internationalization process unfolds. This view is used for analysis of a longitudinal case study concerning the acquisition of a Swedish firm, Vargon Alloys, by the Turkish corporation Yildirim Group, focusing on the opportunity discovery and exploitation period between 2008 and 2013. By dividing uncertainty into two types (foreseeable and unforeseeable) and analysing the hidden problems that emerged after the sudden fusion of the two networks, the study nuances understanding of the emergent and non-orderly nature of the internationalization process as it unfolds. From a process point of view, the study may aid deeper understanding of complications when discovering and exploiting opportunities.

Keywords
Internationalization process, Opportunity development, Unforeseeable uncertainty, Unintended consequences, Turkey, Sweden
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-341479 (URN)10.1016/j.ibusrev.2017.06.002 (DOI)000419410600014 ()
Available from: 2018-02-28 Created: 2018-02-28 Last updated: 2018-02-28Bibliographically approved
Bengtson, A. & Åberg, S. (2016). Found in translation?: On the transfer of technological knowledge from science to industry. In: Peter Thilenius, Cecilia Pahlberg, Virpi Havila (Ed.), Extending the Business Network Approach: New Territories, New Technologies, New Terms (pp. 227-246). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Found in translation?: On the transfer of technological knowledge from science to industry
2016 (English)In: Extending the Business Network Approach: New Territories, New Technologies, New Terms / [ed] Peter Thilenius, Cecilia Pahlberg, Virpi Havila, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, p. 227-246Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter the business network view will be extended by the introduction of an actor with a purpose other than that of business orientation—the scientific organisation. The main purpose of a scientific organisation is the production of knowledge. Few, if any, are questioning the role of science as such, but there is a large debate over the usefulness of science in industry and how this utility can be increased by improved transfer mechanisms. The debate is often unclear concerning what knowledge should be transferred, but in the case of the focal actor, the European Organization for Nuclear Research—CERN—the discussion revolves around the transfer of different kinds of technological knowledge. Thus, in this chapter, we analyse how technological knowledge is transferred from science to industry, and some of the difficulties involved in this task.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-310285 (URN)10.1057/978-1-137-53765-2_13 (DOI)2-s2.0-84978351993 (Scopus ID)9781137537652 (ISBN)9781137537638 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-13 Last updated: 2017-05-08
Åberg, S. & Bengtson, A. (2015). Does CERN procurement result in innovation?. Innovation. The European Journal of Social Sciences, 28(3), 360-383
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Does CERN procurement result in innovation?
2015 (English)In: Innovation. The European Journal of Social Sciences, ISSN 1351-1610, E-ISSN 1469-8412, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 360-383Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Innovation is stated to be one of the most powerful engines for economic growth in firms, markets and nations today. It is therefore not surprising that policy-makers would like to see innovations as a benefit of publicly spent money; making innovations an additional aim of public procurement (public procurement for innovation). The aim of the paper is to analyse the impact of a science organization's procurement practices on innovation. The intention is also to show how different and contradicting goals and expectations regarding public procurement are described and acted upon by the science organization and its suppliers, and to what extent the outcome of public procurement is innovation. Empirically, the study addresses how the European Organization for Nuclear Research, i.e. CERN, works with procurement; and how their procurement in turn affects CERN's suppliers. Based on a large case study in which more than 100 interviews were conducted over a time period of 8 years, the study contributes to the understanding of the limitations CERN’s procurement rules put on interaction and on innovation. The understanding of the implications of restricting interaction, but also the understanding of the reasons why these rules are put into place, and the dilemmas that follow, are all important contributions.

National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262160 (URN)10.1080/13511610.2015.1043244 (DOI)000361962400010 ()
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-09 Last updated: 2017-05-08
Yilmaz, G., Bengtson, A. & Hadjikhani, A. (2015). Internationalization of firms from new emerging markets in other new emerging markets: Opportunity development of a Turkish Firm in Romania. In: Sener, S; Saridogan, E; Staub, S (Ed.), World Conference On Technology, Innovation And Entrepreneurship: . Paper presented at World Conference on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, MAY 28-30, 2015, Istanbul, TURKEY (pp. 982-992).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Internationalization of firms from new emerging markets in other new emerging markets: Opportunity development of a Turkish Firm in Romania
2015 (English)In: World Conference On Technology, Innovation And Entrepreneurship / [ed] Sener, S; Saridogan, E; Staub, S, 2015, p. 982-992Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The arena of entrepreneurial behavior of MNCs from new emerging markets and how they develop opportunities in other new emerging markets is almost untouched. This paper tries to answer how firms from new emerging markets manage their entrepreneurships in other new emerging markets. Unlike the internationalization of Western firms, firms from new emerging markets often lack sufficient knowledge and therefore internationalize quickly by acquisitions. This entrepreneurial behavior is contaminated with high risk. How these firms manage the process of opportunity discovery and exploitation becomes an interesting topic for research. The study aims to develop a theoretical frame for analysis of the firms' entrepreneurial behavior when developing new opportunity. It employs business network view for deeper understanding of opportunity development in the process before and after an acquisition. The process view in this construction grasps the two internationalization elements of knowledge and resource commitment. Network approach is used to analyze the empirical case study of a Turkish firm's international opportunity discovery in Romania during the period of 1998-2014. The study aims to promote new knowledge on how firms from new emerging markets manage such opportunity when acquiring a firm from another new emerging market.

Keywords
Opportunity Development, Turkey, Kastamonu Entegre, Romania, Commitment, Knowledge
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-309760 (URN)10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.06.480 (DOI)000380509900117 ()
Conference
World Conference on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, MAY 28-30, 2015, Istanbul, TURKEY
Available from: 2016-12-07 Created: 2016-12-07 Last updated: 2016-12-07Bibliographically approved
Bengtson, A., Ljung, A. & Hadjikhani, A. (2013). Managing stability and crises in business relationships: The case of Ericsson in an emerging market. European Business Review, 25(6), 518-535
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing stability and crises in business relationships: The case of Ericsson in an emerging market
2013 (English)In: European Business Review, ISSN 0955-534X, E-ISSN 1758-7107, Vol. 25, no 6, p. 518-535Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – Adding to the theoretical view of relationship development, this paper holds the view that relationship change encompasses not only smooth incremental change but also includes crises which can trigger relationship weakening, dissolution and/or recovery. The aim is to develop a theoretical view that allows understanding of both smooth incremental and critical changes in the process of relationship development.

Design/methodology/approach – Based on a business network perspective, the paper's relationship view holds uncertainty, commitment and trust as central explanatory elements. The process view is composed of three episodes: incremental relationship development; relationship crisis; and ending or survival. The paper employs a longitudinal case study method and discusses how the relationship between the Swedish firm, Ericsson, and its counterpart, Telefónica, develops in the emerging market of Argentina during the period of 1998-2004.

Findings – Conclusions demonstrate the vulnerability of relationships due to counterparts' behaviour and network embeddedness. This is a risk of commitment deterioration, and remedial actions like investment in new commitments will reduce distrust and uncertainty. Re-energizing relationships incrementally requires behaviour like waiting strategies, when otherwise the choice is to exit.

Originality/value – Few researchers have combined the findings from stable relationship development studies with the findings from research on crisis into one model handling both stability and instability in business relationships. This is despite the fact that episodes of turbulence and instability are becoming more common in business relationships, due to entrance into more unstable markets, and markets crises of various types.

National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220332 (URN)10.1108/EBR-01-2013-0007 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-03-12 Created: 2014-03-12 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Alimadadi, S., Bengtson, A., Pahlberg, C. & Hadjikhani, A. (2012). Handling uncertainty by reaching insidership in networks: The case of ABB in Turkey. Paper presented at European International Business Academy (EIBA).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Handling uncertainty by reaching insidership in networks: The case of ABB in Turkey
2012 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191383 (URN)
Conference
European International Business Academy (EIBA)
Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2013-01-10 Last updated: 2013-01-11Bibliographically approved
Ljung, A. & Bengtson, A. (2012). Innovation Through Business and NGO Co-operation: The Case of Digital Inclusion in the Amazon. In: Hadjikhani, A., Elg, U. & Ghauri, P. (Ed.), Business, Society and Politics: (pp. 281-301). Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation Through Business and NGO Co-operation: The Case of Digital Inclusion in the Amazon
2012 (English)In: Business, Society and Politics / [ed] Hadjikhani, A., Elg, U. & Ghauri, P., Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012, p. 281-301Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012
Series
International Business and Management ; Vol. 28
Keywords
Innovation, NGO cooperation, trust, commitment, cultural capability, Brazil, Swedish MNC
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191202 (URN)
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2017-05-08
Bengtson, A., Hadjikhani, A. & Ljung, A. (2012). Managing relationship development and crises in emerging markets: A Swedish firm´s relationship behaviour in Argentina. In: Van Tulder, R., Verbeke, A. & Voinea, L. (Ed.), New Policy Challanges for European Multinationals: (pp. 419-440). Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing relationship development and crises in emerging markets: A Swedish firm´s relationship behaviour in Argentina
2012 (English)In: New Policy Challanges for European Multinationals / [ed] Van Tulder, R., Verbeke, A. & Voinea, L., Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012, p. 419-440Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012
Series
Progress in International Business, Research, ISSN 1745-8862 ; Vol. 7
Keywords
relationship crises, deteroration, restoration, uncertainty, distrust, de-commitment, Ericsson, Telefónica, Argentina
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191216 (URN)10.1108 (DOI)
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2017-05-08
Pahlberg, C., Forsling, C. & Bengtson, A. (2011). A Chinese investment in Sweden vs. a Swedish investment in China: Differences and similarities in interaction between foreign investors and political actors. Paper presented at IMP, Glasgow.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Chinese investment in Sweden vs. a Swedish investment in China: Differences and similarities in interaction between foreign investors and political actors
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191388 (URN)
Conference
IMP, Glasgow
Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2013-01-10 Last updated: 2013-01-11Bibliographically approved
Pahlberg, C., Forsling, C. & Bengtson, A. (2011). Business-Politiocal Relationships when Doing Business with Companies from Emerging Economies: Experiences from Chinese-Swedish Interactions. Paper presented at European International Business Academy (EIBA) Bucharest.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Business-Politiocal Relationships when Doing Business with Companies from Emerging Economies: Experiences from Chinese-Swedish Interactions
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191391 (URN)
Conference
European International Business Academy (EIBA) Bucharest
Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2013-01-10 Last updated: 2013-01-11Bibliographically approved
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