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Management International Review

, Volume 56, Issue 6, pp 827–847

First Online: 29 September 2016Received: 31 October 2013Revised: 27 August 2015Accepted: 29 December 2015


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.

KeywordsInternationalization Speed Acceleration Deceleration International commitment Time Process  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Martin Johanson - Igor Kalinic


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