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Reshaping the Boundaries of the Firm in an Era of Global Interdependence Vol: 5

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08 Nov 2010
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
352 pages - 152 x 229 x 30mm
Progress in International Business Research


Globalisation is forcing companies to reshape their boundaries and causing business leaders to rethink corporate strategies within the firm. It is creating the basis for new ways of doing international business. The effects of this global interdependence are also being felt at the more aggregate levels of industries, financial markets and countries economies. The evolution of these trends has rendered obsolete some of the basic understandings of IB theory and practice, including traditional notions regarding the nature of the boundaries of the firm and even the definition of the multinational enterprise itself. This volume of Progress in International Business Research includes a selection of 13 papers from the 35th European International Business Academy Annual Conference, which was held in Valencia (Spain) from the 13th to the 15th of December 2009. This volume organizes in three parts a number of contributions to shed further light on these issues. Part I focuses on the boundaries of the firm and points at issues such as offshoring, cooperation and internationalization. Part II examines the phenomenon of networks within the context of MNCs. Finally, Part III deals with the role of knowledge and innovation in international high-tech environments.
List of Contributors. Preface. Introduction. The globalization of high-value activities: Why do firms offshore advanced tasks?. Reshaping the boundaries of the firm: global value chains and lead firm strategies. Comparative evolution of Japanese–European joint ventures in Japan and Europe. New models of internationalization in small traditional manufacturing firms. The influence of environmental international diversification on the proactive environmental strategy of small and medium enterprises. Networks in internationalisation. Limitations of the network organization in MNCs. Subsidiary contribution to firm-level competitive advantage – disentangling the effects of MNC external embeddedness. Influence of subsidiary business networks on the performance of inter-subsidiary innovation transfer in MNCs. The role of globally dispersed knowledge in explaining performance outcomes. Cooperation and innovation in the internationalisation of knowledge-intensive business services. Entrepreneurial orientation and international performance: A contingent approach. Technological resources, external research partners and export performance: A study of Italian high-tech SMEs. Progress in international business research. Progress in international business research. Copyright page.

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