Internationalization through Exaptation: The Role of Domestic Geographical Dispersion in the Internationalization Process

Grazia D. Santangelo, Tamara Stucchi

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Abstrakt

We introduce the notion of exaptation to internationalization theory, a process in which a capability is re-used for a purpose and in a context different than its historical purpose and context. Specifically, we examine which domestic capabilities may be redeployed when organizations engage in cross-border M&As for the first time. We suggest that organizations exapt (re-use) coordination and control capabilities, initially developed to manage domestic geographical dispersion, to acquire and integrate external resources across borders. By analyzing 693 Indian business groups over a decade, we add to the recent effort to frame the internationalization process within evolutionary theory.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of International Business Studies
Vol/bind49
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)753–760
Antal sider8
ISSN0047-2506
DOI
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2018
Udgivet eksterntJa

Emneord

  • Internationalization process
  • Exaptation
  • Organizational learning
  • Economic geography
  • Evolutionary theory

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