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The Control of Foreign Operations: Is it strategic, economic or politically driven?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
(English)In: Journal of International Business Studies, ISSN 0047-2506, E-ISSN 1478-6990Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-196203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-196203DiVA: diva2:609442
Available from: 2013-03-05 Created: 2013-03-05 Last updated: 2013-12-02
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1. A Political View on the Internationalization Process
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Political View on the Internationalization Process
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The role of governments in the internationalization of the firm had early recognition in prominent seminal studies in international business, such as Hymer’s thesis or the Uppsala Model, though the interaction between multinationals and governments has attracted scarce attention. As such, the main stream of economics and management studies have focused on internationalization essentially as an issue of the firm, wherein the multinationals’ interaction with the environment is limited to a business-industrial scope of suppliers, clients, and competitors.

In a different direction, this thesis includes the political setting and studies the beneficial side of governments in the internationalization process of the firm. With this purpose, the present dissertation proposes a conceptual framework based on Johanson and Vahlne’s (1977) internationalization process model, complemented with Williamson’s (1975) Transaction Costs Economics, and encompassed by conceptual insights from institutional studies related to international business. Specifically, the role of governments in the internationalization process is examined through the variances of the relation between knowledge and commitment at the micro, meso, and macro level.

The structure of the thesis reflects the multilevel approach, integrating one conceptual and three empirical papers, each of which dealing with a particular level of analysis. Through the aggregation of each paper’s intrinsic contribution, the dissertation’s summary offers a wide view on the internationalization phenomena, adding the political elements to the industrial-business elements of the environment. Overall, internationalization is conceptualized as a process of interaction with the business environment, whereas the public nature of political elements induces the compromise of combining activities between firms and governments. Evidence gives the ground to conclude that internationalization is not a game played just between firms, or, even, between firms and markets, but also with and within governments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2013. 109 p.
Doctoral thesis / Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet, ISSN 1103-8454 ; 158
Internationalization Process, Uppsala Model, Transaction Cost Economics, Institutional theory, Firm, Multinational, Government
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Economics and Business
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-196465 (URN)
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2013-04-25, Hörsal 1, Kyrkogardsgatan, 10, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2013-04-04 Created: 2013-03-08 Last updated: 2013-12-02Bibliographically approved

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