By adopting a processual and dynamic view on internationalization, we
develop the concepts of acceleration and deceleration, providing analytical tools to
enhance our understanding of the non-linearity and multidimensionality of internationalization.
We argue that acceleration and deceleration are embedded in the
internationalization process and are a consequence of the firm’s capability to absorb
and integrate acquired knowledge, and to find and exploit opportunities. In addition,
we advance the idea that changes in speed are further influenced by how the firm
integrates and coordinates the resources it has deployed within and across various
internationalization dimensions. Thus, it emerges that the overall evolution of
commitment to internationalization is more complex than received theories tend to
present; therefore, empirical studies should aim to include a wide set of international
activities and processes embedded in time.
Internationalization, Speed, Acceleration, Deceleration, International commitment, Time, Process.