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Learning Processes During Re-internationalization: A Case Study of Chinese SMEs

Honglan Yu (University of Huddersfield)
Margaret Fletcher (University of Glasgow, UK)
Trevor Buck (University of Glasgow, UK)

International Business in Times of Crisis: Tribute Volume to Geoffrey Jones

ISBN: 978-1-80262-164-8, eISBN: 978-1-80262-163-1

Publication date: 14 March 2022

Abstract

Understanding how and why firms behave differently during re-internationalization has increasingly been at a premium in international business research. The authors conducted a case study of 11 Chinese international small and medium-sized enterprise and explored how they learned and recovered from involuntary de-internationalization. From case data, the “complete” re-internationalizers learned the lessons of foreign market exits more proactively than “partial” re-internationalizers. The complete re-internationalizers adopted internal and external sources of knowledge acquisition, “middle-up-down” information distribution and ambivalent information interpretation, while the partial re-internationalizers relied on internal sources of knowledge, “top-down” or “bottom-up” information distribution and univalent information interpretation. This study contributes by identifying the crucial role of learning processes to complete re-internationalization, which is absent in existing re-internationalization research.

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Yu, H., Fletcher, M. and Buck, T. (2022), "Learning Processes During Re-internationalization: A Case Study of Chinese SMEs", van Tulder, R., Verbeke, A., Piscitello, L. and Puck, J. (Ed.) International Business in Times of Crisis: Tribute Volume to Geoffrey Jones (Progress in International Business Research, Vol. 16), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 131-167. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1745-886220220000016010

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Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2022 Honglan Yu, Margaret Fletcher and Trevor Buck