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International business for the modern firm has to compromise the need to use limited resources and achieve efficiency in the global marketplace. This book examines these issues from the viewpoint of the internationalized SME, the big multinational and the local subsidiary drawing on research conducted in different countries.
About the Author
DR PAVLOS DIMITRATOSAssistant Professor, Athens University of Economics& Business, Greece.
DR MARIAN P. JONES Professor, University of Glasgow, UK.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations x
List of Contributors xiv
Resources, Efficiency, and Globalization: International Business in the Modern Era Pavlos Dimitratos Marian V. Jones 1
Part I MNE Strategies, Governance, and Efficiency
1 Which Comes First: Domestic or Foreign Subsidiaries? Analysis of Global Integration and Local Responsiveness among Japanese Service Companies Kiyohiko Ito Elizabeth L. Rose Tohyun Kim 13
2 The Role of Virtual Integration, Commitment, and Knowledge-Sharing in Improving International Supplier Responsiveness Ruey-Jer 'Bryan' Jean Rudolf R. Sinkovics 27
Part II MNE Location and Human Resources
3 The Importance of Location: Does Outward FDI lead to Unemployment? Yama Temouri Nigel L. Driffield Dolores Añón Higón 47
4 Agglomeration and Flows of Inward and Outward Direct Investment: An Analysis of Financial Services in the United Kingdom Gary A. S. Cook Naresh R. Pandit 63
5 Resources of Multinational Enterprises Used for Corporate Political Activities in the European Union Sigrun M. Wagner 84
6 Career Orientations of the 21st-century Knowledge Professionals Dimitris Manolopoulos Pavlos Dimitratos 114
Part III Subsidiaries and Resource Transfer
7 Experience and Performance in Interunit Knowledge Transfer Ulf Andersson Magnus Persson 133
8 Embedded Subsidiaries and the Involvement of Headquarters in Innovation Transfer Processes Henrik Dellestrand 156
Part IV Internationalized SMEs, Strategies, and Efficiency
9 Hybrid Competitive Strategies for Achieving Superior Performance During Global Expansion: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Originating in SMOPECs Mika Gabrielsson Tomi Seppälä Peter Gabrielsson 181
10 Standardization versus Adaptation of the Marketing Mix Strategy in SME Exports Jorma Larimo Minnie Kontkanen 193
11 Knowledge Management and Growth Strategies: Evidence from Chinese Knowledge-Intensive New Ventures Huan Zou Pervez Ghauri 212
12 A Conceptualization of e-Risk Perceptions and the Offline-Online Risk Trade-Off for Small Firm Internationalization Noemi Pezderka Rudolf R. Sinkovics 233
Part V Internationalized SMEs, Resources, and Entrepreneurship
13 Resources and Performance in Foreign Markets: The Case of High-Technology SMEs in Portugal Luis Bernardino Marian V. Jones Anna Morgan-Thomas 249
14 The Internationalization of Knowledge-Based Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises from Syria Laila Kasem Kevin Ibeh 268
15 Using the Resource-Based View to Advance International Entrepreneurship: An Empirical Review on How Far Have We Come since Peng's 2001 Predictions? Alfredo D'Angelo Karl S.R. Warner 294
16 Barriers to the Internationalization of SMEs: An Analysis from the Perspective of Support Service Providers Antonella Zucchella Alberto Brugnoli Antonio Dal Bianco 310