Acceleration and Deceleration in the Internationalization Process of the Firm

Martin Johanson, Igor Kalinic

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By adopting a processual and dynamic view on internationalization, we develop the concepts of acceleration and deceleration, providing analytical tools to enhance our understanding of the non-linearity and multidimensionality of internationalization. We argue that acceleration and deceleration are embedded in the internationalization process and are a consequence of the firm’s capability to absorb and integrate acquired knowledge, and to find and exploit opportunities. In addition, we advance the idea that changes in speed are further influenced by how the firm integrates and coordinates the resources it has deployed within and across various internationalization dimensions. Thus, it emerges that the overall evolution of commitment to internationalization is more complex than received theories tend to present; therefore, empirical studies should aim to include a wide set of international activities and processes embedded in time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-847
Number of pages21
JournalManagement International Review
Issue number6
Early online date29 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


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