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A review of the evolving conceptualization of internationalization from a global value chain perspective

Mehmet Mithat Üner (School of Business, Atilim University, Ankara, Turkey)
Ceyhan Cigdemoglu (School of Business, Atilim University, Ankara, Turkey)
Yihuai Wang (Institute of International Business, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Aybuke Yalcin (Department of Land Registry and Cadastre, Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University, Ankara, Turkey)
S. Tamer Cavusgil (Institute of International Business, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Review of International Business and Strategy

ISSN: 2059-6014

Article publication date: 19 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to reveal the assumptive concept of internationalization because it is discussed and understood in the international business (IB) literature. This paper develops a framework to reconceptualize internationalization in the context of global value chain (GVC) and sustainability. Based on this conceptual framework, this paper aims to formulate interrelated propositions to define internationalization.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper reviews the assumptive conceptualization process based on empirical evidence obtained through qualitative, illustrative and descriptive content analysis methods. Through the collection and qualitative content analysis of milestone papers, this paper demonstrates the fragmentation of the concept of internationalization. This paper reviews the evolving nature of the concept of internationalization, analyzing the accumulative issues associated with defining internationalization, as well as its potential future development.

Findings

This paper introduces a dynamic perspective on the evolving nature of the concept of internationalization and argue there is a need to reconceptualize internationalization in the context of the GVC and sustainability.

Originality/value

After reviewing the context in which the term “internationalization” has been applied and taking into consideration the current trends in the IB, this paper formulates an updated definition of the term internationalization. This paper offers a viewpoint on the future direction of the concept of internationalization in light of the growing importance of sustainability within IB.

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Citation

Üner, M.M., Cigdemoglu, C., Wang, Y., Yalcin, A. and Cavusgil, S.T. (2022), "A review of the evolving conceptualization of internationalization from a global value chain perspective", Review of International Business and Strategy, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/RIBS-05-2022-0053

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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