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Time, Temporality and Speed of Firm Internationalization

Research project
Active research
Project size
2 400 000
Project period
2015 - ongoing
Project owner
Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Handelshögskolan

Jan Wallanders and Tom Hedelius stiftelse, Handelsbanken

Short description

Ever since the first reports of Born-global firms were published, speed of firm internationalization has come to occupy a central position in the debate about the validity of traditional internationalization theories. Addressing this debate, we seek to extend knowledge about internationalization speed, its determinants and potential outcomes. Based on theories on resource accumulation, e.g. time compression diseconomies and learning advantage of newness, hypotheses are developed and confronted with data collected on site at 200 Swedish, 200 Chinese, and 150 Polish firms. The project is conducted in collaboration with colleagues at Uppsala University and Mid Sweden University.