Acceleration of internationalization : lessons from the dark side
1University of Oulu, Oulu Business School, Department of Management and International Business, International Business
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-201803071319
|Publish Date:|| 2018-03-07
|Thesis type:||Master's thesis
In international business research, there is an illegal gap, literally. This mostly unexplored area of illegal international businesses can be very fruitful: the international illegal businesses operate in highly dynamic and turbulent environment under great pressure. Also, in illegal context lies potential to test existing concepts and theories in very similar but profoundly different context. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to discover how the acceleration of the internationalization is influenced by the contextual factors of illegal businesses.
To seek answer to research problem, this research adapts to critical realistic in its philosophical nature. Furthermore, the method of this exploratory research is qualitative, and data is collected in semi-structured interviews. The data is analyzed and interpreted abductively, and so the findings are the result of continuous discussion between theory and the data.
This research found support that illegal international businesses have some unique features, and that these contextual factors do influence their internationalization. This study supports earlier findings of Born Global research on acceleration of internationalization, draws attention to the role of external environment (institutional environment) as influencing factor of acceleration of internationalization, and brings insight on the firms’ abilities of continuous innovativeness and change
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