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Repeat Market Entries in the Internationalization Process: The Impact of Investment Motives and Corporate Capabilities

Published on Mar 2, 2018in Global Strategy Journal2.73
· DOI :10.1002/gsj.1206
Guoliang Frank Jiang5
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(Carleton University),
Guy L. F. Holburn15
Estimated H-index: 15
(UWO: University of Western Ontario),
Paul W. Beamish62
Estimated H-index: 62
(UWO: University of Western Ontario)
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