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The transaction costs theory in international business research: a bibliometric study over three decades

Published on Mar 1, 2014in Scientometrics2.77
· DOI :10.1007/s11192-013-1172-8
Manuel Portugal Ferreira12
Estimated H-index: 12
(IPN: Instituto Politécnico Nacional),
Cláudia Frias Pinto4
Estimated H-index: 4
,
Fernando Ribeiro Serra9
Estimated H-index: 9
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Transaction costs theory (TCT) has long been an important conceptual lens for examining International Business (IB) phenomena and perhaps especially relevant for the study of multinational corporations, entry mode choices and location selection. In this paper we examine the extent to which TCT been used and has impacted IB research. Methodologically, we conduct a bibliometric study of the articles published on nine top journals for publishing IB-related research. We use Jean-Francois Hennart's research as the key marker for TCT in IB research given that Hennart's work has been a hallmark in the discipline. On a sample of 377 articles published between 1982 and 2010, and using the works rather than the authors as the unit of analysis, we analyze citations, co-citations and a spatial visualization of the intellectual research themes delved into. Our analyses provide insights on the influence of Hennart but more broadly of TCT on IB research over the past three decades. We conclude that the TCT has a pervasive influence on a large array of IB research and that Hennart's work is boundary-spanning, connecting several research themes.
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Published on May 1, 2013in Scientometrics2.77
Gerhard A. Wuehrer4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Johannes Kepler University of Linz),
Angela Smejkal2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Johannes Kepler University of Linz)
Conferences play a major role for the development of scientific domains. While journal and article contributions in the field of international business (IB) are a general and well researched area of scientometric studies, conferences are not. The absence of a systematic assessment of international business conferences as a reference to the collective status of the Academy of International Business (AIB) community is astonishing. Whatever reasons are accountable for that fact, this paper starts t...
Published on Jan 1, 2013in Strategic Management Journal5.57
Muhammad Shafique1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UNU: United Nations University)
Innovation is becoming increasingly popular as a concept as well as a field of research. As a field, it has accumulated a significant amount of scientific knowledge. Based on bibliometric data from four major social science disciplines—economics, sociology, psychology, and management—this study presents a ‘global view’ of the field by combining longitudinal and structural perspectives. It identifies major research traditions in the field, determines the content and disciplinary composition of ea...
Published on Jan 1, 2013
Manuel Portugal Ferreira12
Estimated H-index: 12
,
Nuno Rosa Reis5
Estimated H-index: 5
+ 1 AuthorsFernando Ribeiro Serra9
Estimated H-index: 9
In this chapter we examine the extant research in international business (IB) by conducting a bibliometric study of the articles published in three leading IB journals – International Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies and Management International Review, over their entire track record of publication available in the ISI – Institute for Scientific Information. In longitudinal analyses of citation data we ascertain the most relevant works of the IB field. We also identify ...
Published on Aug 1, 2012
Manuel Portugal Ferreira2
Estimated H-index: 2
,
Fernando A. Ribeiro Serra4
Estimated H-index: 4
,
Martinho Isnard Ribeiro de Almeira1
Estimated H-index: 1
(USP: University of São Paulo)
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-8077.2012v14n33p9 Neste artigo, analisou-se a contribuicao para a pesquisa em negocios internacionais da obra de Peter Buckley e Mark Casson, de 1976, The future of the multinational enterprise. Nessa obra, os autores conceitualizam uma das teorias fundacionais da pesquisa em negocios internacionais nas ultimas tres decadas: a teoria da internalizacao. Neste estudo bibliometrico analisou-se todo o historico de publicacoes na revista lider – o Journal of Intern...
Published on Jan 1, 2012in Scientometrics2.77
Keith D. Brouthers30
Estimated H-index: 30
(NCSU: North Carolina State University),
Ram Mudambi42
Estimated H-index: 42
(TU: Temple University),
David M. Reeb22
Estimated H-index: 22
(TU: Temple University)
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Published on Dec 1, 2011in Management International Review2.69
Alan M. Rugman56
Estimated H-index: 56
(University of Reading),
Alain Verbeke47
Estimated H-index: 47
(U of C: University of Calgary),
Quyen T.K. Nguyen10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Reading)
As the field of international business has matured, there have been shifts in the core unit of analysis. First, there was analysis at country level, using national statistics on trade and foreign direct investment (FDI). Next, the focus shifted to the multinational enterprise (MNE) and the parent’s firm specific advantages (FSAs). Eventually the MNE was analysed as a network and the subsidiary became a unit of analysis. We untangle the last fifty years of international business theory using a cl...
Published on Jul 1, 2011in Scientometrics2.77
Peter W. Liesch23
Estimated H-index: 23
(UQ: University of Queensland),
Lars Hfikanson36
Estimated H-index: 36
(UQ: University of Queensland)
+ 2 AuthorsJulia Cretchley1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Dec 31, 2010
John H. Dunning62
Estimated H-index: 62
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Sarianna M. Lundan14
Estimated H-index: 14
This is the second edition of the celebrated volume by Professor John H. Dunning, first published in 1993, which has now been not only updated but also enriched with the addition of a number of new topics. This addition was not least due to the expertise of the co-author, Sarianna Lundan, in the institutional aspects of international business and the internal governance of transnational corporations (TNCs). It is a comprehensive synthesis of all the theories in International Business based on ex...
Published on Sep 1, 2010in Scientometrics2.77
Katharina Maria Hofer4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Johannes Kepler University of Linz),
Angela Smejkal2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Johannes Kepler University of Linz)
+ 1 AuthorsGerhard A. Wuehrer4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Johannes Kepler University of Linz)
This study does a bibliometric analysis based on keywords of conference proceedings. Scientometric investigations of conference proceedings are a new and innovative, not very common approach. The studies and papers presented may be interpreted as early indicators of scientific development. The Academy of International Business (AIB) was chosen for being the leading organization for studies in international business with contributions covering a 3-year period (2006–2008). The study presents the g...
Published on Sep 1, 2010in Journal of Retailing3.67
Jean-François Hennart41
Estimated H-index: 41
(Tilburg University)
I discuss the cross-fertilization between transaction cost theory (TCT) and international business (IB), showing how TCT provides a powerful lens to study the institutions that organize international interdependencies, and especially multinational enterprises (MNEs). I then discuss some of the insights that IB can provide for the further development of TCT. I argue that a full explanation of why MNEs exist must rely on information asymmetry as well as asset specificity, and that the study of mod...
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Estimated H-index: 1
(UPV/EHU: University of the Basque Country),
Txomin Iturralde Jainaga9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UPV/EHU: University of the Basque Country),
Amaia Maseda9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UPV/EHU: University of the Basque Country)
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Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Valencia)
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Published on Feb 1, 2019in International Business Review3.64
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Estimated H-index: 6
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Enrique Claver-Cortés37
Estimated H-index: 37
+ 1 AuthorsMercedes Úbeda-García8
Estimated H-index: 8
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María Isabel Arias1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UNS: Universidad Nacional del Sur),
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Estimated H-index: 9
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Estimated H-index: 12
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Published on Oct 26, 2018in International Public Management Journal1.92
Yanto Chandra10
Estimated H-index: 10
(CityU: City University of Hong Kong),
Richard M. Walker42
Estimated H-index: 42
(CityU: City University of Hong Kong)
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Published on May 1, 2018in Scientometrics2.77
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Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Extremadura),
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Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Évora),
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Estimated H-index: 9
(UCA: University of Cádiz)
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Estimated H-index: 1
(UNS: Universidad Nacional del Sur),
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Estimated H-index: 11
(UFRGS: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
This investigation aims to synthesize related work in the field of e-Government service quality. The method is based on a qualitative approach in two steps: 1) Identification of related articles on e-Government service quality and 2) Content analysis of these articles. The findings show an integrative view of 48 articles, classified in 28 investigations, which propose competitive models to assess e-Government service quality as a final dependent variable composed of different independent variabl...
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