Degree of internationalisation, international experience & the performance of Australian international companies

Clarke, James. (2002). Degree of internationalisation, international experience & the performance of Australian international companies Honours Thesis, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Clarke, James.
Thesis Title Degree of internationalisation, international experience & the performance of Australian international companies
School, Centre or Institute UQ Business School
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2002
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Rick Tamaschke
Dr Peter Liesch
Total pages 85
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract Previous research on the degree of internationalisation and performance produced contrary findings. These findings included u-shaped, inverted s-shaped, and more recently s-shaped relationships between the degree of internationalisation and performance. The contradictory findings suggest that the previous models are misspecifications. Existing research on international experience was substantially limited to the impact of international experience on location decisions and foreign direct investment. International experience also provides firms with skills that enable firms with extensive international experience to enjoy superior performance outcomes.

In an original contribution, the present study incorporated international experience into the DOl-performance relationship to find that international experience influences the relationship between degree of internationalisation and performance. For firms with some international experience, the DOl-performance relationship followed the shape of an s-shaped curve beginning with an initial performance decline, followed by a subsequent performance increase, and a final performance decrease. In contrast, firms with extensive international experience enjoyed an initial performance increase followed by a subsequent performance decline and a final performance increase.

Australian firms have been sadly neglected in previous studies. The other major contribution of the present study is to remedy this oversight by investigating the DOI performance relationship in the context of Australian headquartered firms.


 
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