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Path dependence, MNCs and the internationalisation process: a relational approach

Araujo, L M and Rezende, S (2003) Path dependence, MNCs and the internationalisation process: a relational approach. International Business Review, 12 (6). pp. 719-737. ISSN 0969-5931

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Abstract

In the internationalisation literature the notion of path dependence has often been associated with gradualism in the evolution of a subsidiary in its host country. In this paper, we argue that path dependence cannot be exclusively associated with gradualism nor can the evolution of a particular subsidiary be explained solely by its embeddedness in its host environment. Instead, we propose that the internationalisation trajectory of units within a multinational corporation’s network comprises a trajectory in time and space involving multiple, overlapping networks. Gradualism and discontinuities in the evolution of the units of a multinational enterprise are the outcomes of relational mechanisms interacting across different temporal and geographical contexts.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Business Review
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internationalisation processes ; Path dependence ; Multinationals
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Marketing
ID Code: 43742
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:21
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/43742

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