Choice of Foreign Market Entry Mode in Service Firms
2006 (English)In: International Marketing Review, ISSN 0265-1335, E-ISSN 1758-6763, Vol. 23, no 2-3, 211-229 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose - The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between foreign market entry modes and hard- and soft-service firms. The paper investigated which foreign market entry modes service firms opt for, and if this is influenced by systematic differences between types of service industries. A secondary purpose is to test the generalizability of the research findings from manufacturing sector to service sector firms. Design/methodology/approach - Our sample consisted of 140 Swedish service firms. These firms were investigated using a mailed questionnaire survey, and logistic regression analysis was used for testing the hypotheses. Findings - The statistical analysis shows that, in general, soft-service firms are much more likely than hard service firms to choose a high control entry mode over a low control entry mode. Furthermore, as cultural distance increases, the likelihood of this choice increases even more. Research limitations/implications - The implications are that while hard service suppliers can learn from the experience of manufacturing firms going abroad, soft services are unique. Given the importance for soft-service suppliers to interact with their foreign customers, they should opt for a high degree of control over their foreign market entry mode. In future research on foreign market entry mode selection in service finns more attention should be given to social processes that exercise control. Originality/value - The findings enhance knowledge on foreign market entry by service firms.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 23, no 2-3, 211-229 p.
market entry; foreign trade; service industries; Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-81457DOI: 10.1108/02651330610660092ISI: 000238811600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-81457DiVA: diva2:109372