uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
The Uppsala model on evolution of the multinational business enterprise: from internalization to coordination of networks
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2013 (English)In: International Marketing Review, ISSN 0265-1335, Vol. 30, no 3, 189-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - This paper seeks to offer a model on the evolution of the multinational business enterprise (MBE). It is meant to be an alternative to the eclectic paradigm, the preeminent theoretical tool applied in studies of the multinational enterprise (MNE) and foreign direct investment. The label MBE aims at moving focus from structure of production to change processes in business relations and entrepreneurship. Design/methodology/approach - While the eclectic paradigm is grounded in neo-classical economics meant primarily to be applied in studies of macroeconomic interest and is based on assumptions not applicable in studies of individual firms, the model of the MBE is meant to be used in studies at the micro-level. It is rooted in assumptions consistent with behavioural theory consequently being more realistic. The model is based on the Uppsala model with input from studies on dynamic capabilities, entrepreneurship research and research on management under uncertainty. Findings - The realistic assumptions of the model imply that it is relevant for understanding the dynamics of strategy and management of the MBE. Research limitations/implications - As the model aims at enriching our understanding of the dynamics of the MBE the paper recommends empirical longitudinal studies of firms. Originality/value - Realistic and relevant assumptions imply that the model differs in critical respects from received theory in international business.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 30, no 3, 189-210 p.
Keyword [en]
Internationalization process, Multinational business enterprise, Dynamic capabilities, Uncertainty, Uppsala model, International business, Macroeconomics
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203692DOI: 10.1108/02651331311321963ISI: 000319853800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203692DiVA: diva2:637357
Available from: 2013-07-17 Created: 2013-07-17 Last updated: 2013-07-17Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Johanson, Jan
By organisation
Department of Business Studies
In the same journal
International Marketing Review
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 740 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link