When Distance is Good: An Upper-Echelons Perspective on the Role of Distance in Internationalization

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Title: When Distance is Good: An Upper-Echelons Perspective on the Role of Distance in Internationalization
Authors: Piaskowska-Lewandowska, Dorota Anna
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9725
Date: 2017
Online since: 2019-03-28T09:22:49Z
Abstract: Prior research has tended to view cross-country distance as an obstacle. Yet, differences across countries are a key reason for firms to internationalize. To address this discrepancy, this paper puts forward a unifying framework which (1) synthesizes and delineates the different types of cross-country distance, (2) provides a logic for analyzing cross-level influences of distance on internationalization decisions, and (3) highlights the opportunities brought about by distance. The paper argues that firms are more likely to be able to realize these opportunities when they have internationally experienced managers and diverse, well functioning top management teams at the helm. The paper also highlights the complex influences of distance, calling for the use of cognitive and behavioral research methodologies to further our understanding of the role of distance in internationalization. An illustrative example of Vodafone Group PLC is included.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Emerald
Series/Report no.: Progress in International Business Research Volume 12
Copyright (published version): 2017 Emerald
Keywords: Cross-country distanceInternalizationCross-level influences
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Verbeke, A., Puck, J., van Tulder, R. (ed.). Distance in International Business: Concept, Cost and value
ISBN: 978-1-78743-719-7
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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