A resource-based view of internationalization in emerging economies

Authors Hein Roelfsema, Martijn A. Boermans
Published in Impact of emerging economies and firms on international business
Publication date 2012
Type Book


Chapter 2 in Impacts of Emerging Economies and Firms on International Business. One of the most remarkable phenomena of recent times is that a large number of firms from emerging economies have come to define and dominate new markets and enter the class of global innovation leaders. Firms that once specialized in cheap but high-quality substitutes (e.g. Brazil’s Embraer), or those that adopted fast second mover strategies (as the one followed by Korea’s Samsung), or firms that offered outsourcing services (for instance, India’s Wipro) are now firmly at the core of the global productivity and innovation frontier. In addition, many small and medium sized local firms that started as exporting joint ventures have moved abroad on their own account. So far, the international business literature has mostly used the eclectic ownership, location, and internalization (OLI) paradigm (Dunning, 2000) to explain the rise of emerging market multinational firms. This conceptual model examines internationalization drivers identifying motives typical for the internationalization strategic approaches of firms from emerging economies. Supplementing OLI paradigm with learning, leveraging, and linkages (LLL) framework (Mathews, 2002, 2006), which provides an understanding of how emerging economy firms create ownership advantages by integrating links with foreign partners. This integration leads to leveraging of specific assets and upgrading them by entering into new alliances and via acquisitions

Language English
Published in Impact of emerging economies and firms on international business
Page range 13-31