To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Exploring Trends in Regionalisation

Regional Aspects of Multinationality and Performance

ISBN: 978-0-7623-1395-2, eISBN: 978-1-84950-476-8

ISSN: 1064-4857

Publication date: 26 July 2007


In this chapter, we revisit the empirical findings of Rugman and coauthors concerning the overwhelming home-regionalisation among the world's largest firms. Using a longitudinal research design and continuous measures of internationalisation, we observe a number of secular trends. Among other, we find that sales growth beyond the home region is faster than sales growth within the home region. We use our empirical results to critique and augment existing regionalisation theory. In particular, we raise doubts about the sharp distinction in the literature between expansion in the home region and expansion in host regions.


Osegowitsch, T. and Sammartino, A. (2007), "Exploring Trends in Regionalisation", Rugman, A.M. (Ed.) Regional Aspects of Multinationality and Performance (Research in Global Strategic Management, Vol. 13), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 45-64.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited