The Internationalisation Strategies of Firms the Australian Experience in Global Economies

The Internationalisation Strategies of Firms the Australian Experience in Global Economies


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The Internationalisation Strategies of Firms the Australian Experience in Global Economies by Howard Dick

The international business literature often struggles to depict a universal experience of internationalisation from the perspective of large countries. This book seeks to enrich the literature by providing a nuanced overview of the little-known Australian experience, being an atypical case of a small- to medium-sized economy which liberalised rapidly from the 1980s outside any trading bloc.
Six data-rich survey chapters explore Australia's mixed success in founding its own multinationals. The experience of Australian firms is set in historical and comparative perspective, including interactions with inward and specifically American FDI. Five industry studies next consider why firms in retail, wine and professional services were more successful than in financial services and shipping. Nine detailed case studies of firms then identify the elements of administrative heritage, strategy and learning that have been the key to success or failure. The book concludes by outlining what can be learned from Australia’s example and presenting implications for future research.
The Internationalisation Strategies of Small-Country Firms will appeal to scholars, researchers and postgraduate students in international business and international economics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845422127
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 05/07/2007
Series: New Horizons in International Business Series
Pages: 416

About the Author

Edited by Howard Dick, formerly Professor and David Merrett, Professor, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne, Australia

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Howard Dick and David Merrett
2. Australian Multinationals in Historical Perspective: ‘Do You Come From a Land Down Under?’
David Merrett
3. The Administrative Heritage
Tatiana Zalan and Geoffrey Lewis
4. Large Australian Firms: Empirical Evidence on Internationalisation
Tatiana Zalan
5. Australian and New Zealand Subsidiaries: Victims of Geographic Isolation?
Anne-Wil Harzing and Niels Noorderhaven
6. US Multinationals and the Internationalisation of Australian Industry
Robert Walters
7. Financial Services: Banking and Insurance
Rodney Benjamin and David Merrett
8. Shipping
Howard Dick
9. Retail
André Sammartino
10. The Wine Industry
Geoffrey Lewis and Tatiana Zalan
11. Engineering Services
Thomas Osegowitsch
12. Burns Philp
Howard Dick and Paul Evans
13. ‘Aspro’ and ‘Kiwi’
David Merrett
14. BHP Billiton
Robin Stewardson
15. Foster’s Group
Tatiana Zalan and Geoffrey Lewis
16. Coca-Cola Amatil
Thomas Osegowitsch
17. Pacific Dunlop
Geoffrey Lewis and Tatiana Zalan
18. The TNT Group
Howard Dick
19. The Westfield Group
André Sammartino and Frances Van Ruth
20. Macquarie Bank
David Merrett and Shey Newitt
21. Conclusion
Howard Dick, David Merrett and Tatiana Zalan

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