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Different roads to Rome? Patterns of internationalization in Chinese firms
Research on Asian firms : a review and look forward
  • Geng CUI, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Tsang Sing CHAN, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Hua ZHANG, Guangdong University of Finance and Economics
  • Ling PENG, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
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Palgrave Macmillan

Existing findings on the internationalization of firms have largely been based on studies of firms from developed economies, following the knowledge-development process model of increasing commitment from export to foreign direct investment, and emphasizing firm-specific advantages and outward activities. Such studies are, however, less informative about how firms generate competitive advantages in the first place. Studies that have examined the role of inward activities in firms’ internationalization suggest that firms can be integrated into the global economy through inward activities or upstream internationalization. Inward activities play an important role in the internationalization process of firms, particularly for firms from emerging market economies, such as China, where many firms start the internationalization process by becoming customers or joint venture partners of foreign multinationals. Thus, inward activities provide an alternative approach to beginning the internationalization process.

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Cui, G., Chan, T. S., Zhang, H., & Peng, L. (2014). Different roads to Rome? Patterns of internationalization in Chinese firms. In T. S. Chan & G. Cui (Eds.), The rise of Asian firms: Strengths and strategies (pp. 183-204). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9781137407719.0016