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Title: Internationalisation speed and MNE performance: A study of the market-seeking expansion of retail MNEs
Authors: Batsakis, G
Mohr, A
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Management International Review, (2016)
Abstract: Existing research is divided on whether firms that rapidly expand their overseas operations perform better than firms that internationalize slowly. Drawing on Penrose’s theory of the growth of the firm we argue that the positive effects of rapid internationalization give way to negative effects with increasing internationalization speed, leading to an inverted U-shaped association between internationalization speed and firm performance. We analyse the market-seeking expansion of 110 retailers over a 10-year period (2003–2012) and find support for a curvilinear relationship between internationalization speed and firm performance that is moderated by the geographic scope of firms’ internationalization path and firms’ international experience. Our study contributes to resolving conflicting views on the link between internationalization speed and firm performance.
DOI: 10.1007/s11575-016-0284-9
ISSN: 1861-8901
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