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Targeting one’s own region: internationalisation trends of Colombian multinational companies

Published on Oct 7, 2014in European Business Review
· DOI :10.1108/EBR-03-2013-0056
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez7
Estimated H-index: 7
(EAFIT University),
Juan Velez-Ocampo2
Estimated H-index: 2
(EAFIT University)
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Purpose – This paper aims to provide an examination of the ongoing internationalisation processes undertaken by 30 major multinational Colombian-owned firms. It also presents a theoretical overview and a conceptual framework for the understanding of internationalisation patterns from emerging countries’ multinational enterprises. Design/methodology/approach – This study is built based both on the results collected from comparative case studies based in the literature and empirical observations of Colombia’s patterns. This study observed the evolution in terms of commitment and investment decisions that 30 major Colombian companies have undergone specially within the past decade. Findings – Although, it was found that direct exports is the widespread entry mode of Colombian companies to foreign markets, most of the observed firms preferred the consolidation in host markets through Mergers & Acquisitions instead of using Greenfield investments or joint ventures. These observations might suggest similarities...
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Published on Jul 1, 2015in Health Promotion Practice
Sarah Lewis1
Estimated H-index: 1
(CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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Estimated H-index: 2
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Estimated H-index: 44
(Duke University)
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Oeindrila Dube6
Estimated H-index: 6
(NYU: New York University),
Juan F. Vargas11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Del Rosario University)
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Published on Jan 1, 2013
Larry Allen4
Estimated H-index: 4
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Published on Aug 1, 2012in Global Strategy Journal2.73
Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra32
Estimated H-index: 32
(College of Business Administration)
I analyze how the study of developing country multinational companies (DMNCs) can help extend theory. The renewed interest in DMNCs has generated a ‘Goldilocks’ debate, with one camp arguing that the analysis of DMNCs is ‘hot’ and requires new theory, another camp arguing that it is ‘cold’ and no new theory is required, and a third camp arguing that it is ‘just right’ and it can be used to extend theory. I follow this third camp and argue that the unique conditions of developing countries influe...
Published on Aug 1, 2012in Global Strategy Journal2.73
Rajneesh Narula37
Estimated H-index: 37
(University of Reading)
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Francisco Diaz Hermelo3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Austral University),
Roberto Vassolo12
Estimated H-index: 12
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Published on May 25, 2012
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez7
Estimated H-index: 7
(EAFIT University),
Santiago Gutiérrez-Viana1
Estimated H-index: 1
(EAFIT University)
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Oscar F. Contreras5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Colef),
Jorge Carrillo9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Colef),
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Estimated H-index: 5
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Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra32
Estimated H-index: 32
(NU: Northeastern University),
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Estimated H-index: 20
(FIU: Florida International University)
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Published on May 16, 2018in Sustainability2.59
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Oct 2, 2017in Meditari Accountancy Research
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 1
(Pontifical Xavierian University)
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Published on Jun 5, 2017
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Estimated H-index: 2
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Karthik Govindan1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
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Estimated H-index: 7
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Published on Jun 1, 2017in Journal of World Business5.79
Ferran Vendrell-Herrero14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Birmingham),
Emanuel Gomes11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Birmingham)
+ 1 AuthorsJohn Child49
Estimated H-index: 49
(University of Birmingham)
This paper focuses on the internationalization of SMEs located in geographically isolated contexts like Latin America. We argue that strategic priorities towards foreign markets, Foreign Market Focus (FMF), as well as “Outward Looking Competences” (OLC) are important factors in enhancing productivity, and ultimately achieving a sustainable competitive presence abroad. FMF and OLC lay the foundation for setting better international business relations with foreign clients and increase opportunitie...
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Armando Juan Borda3
Estimated H-index: 3
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William Newburry20
Estimated H-index: 20
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 34
(Ramon Llull University),
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Estimated H-index: 13
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Estimated H-index: 7
(EAFIT University)
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Davide Fiaschi10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UniPi: University of Pisa),
Elisa Giuliani22
Estimated H-index: 22
(UniPi: University of Pisa),
Federica Nieri2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UniPi: University of Pisa)
Abstract As emerging (and developing) country firms internationalize, they often need to build legitimacy to overcome home-country liabilities. We argue that international legitimacy is at risk if these firms do harm in the conduct of their business, and we investigate the extent to which host countries’ speech and press freedoms influence corporate social irresponsibility (CSIR) for a sample of Multilatinas, observed during the period 2003–2012. We do find evidence of lower CSIR among Multilati...
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Georgios Batsakis5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Brunel University London),
Alexander T. Mohr15
Estimated H-index: 15
(WU: Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Abstract We examine the contingent effect of existing product diversification on the scope and speed of firms’ subsequent internationalization. Understanding these effects is important because prior research on the product—geographic diversification relationship assumes that the relevant decisions are taken simultaneously. This assumption does not apply to firms that consider international expansion only after having grown domestically through product diversification. Drawing on and extending tr...