Internationalization trajectories - a crosscountry comparison: Are large Chinese and Indian companies different?
F. Fortanier & R. van Tulder
This paper explores whether the internationalization trajectories –
patterns over time in the level, pace, variability and temporal
concentration of international expansion – of large firms from China and
India are fundamentally different from those of developed country firms.
A longitudinal cross-country comparative study of 256 large firms for
the 1990-2004 period shows that, although internationalization
trajectories of large and leading Chinese and Indian firms are indeed
different, there are also considerable similarities between established
developed country firms and the new firms from emerging markets, not in
the least because they often interact within the same sector
Key words: Internationalization trajectories, Transnationality Index
(TNI), longitudinal research, crosscountry comparison
JEL codes: F21, F23, M19
UNU-MERIT Working Papers