Case Study about Contingency-Based Approach to Internationalization: Argentina
This paper takes a contingency-based approach to internationalization, exploring how global operations are configured and coordinated. It also considers how internationalization decisions, such as the offshoring of previously home-based operations, can impact performance. Design/methodology/approach: Multi-case study research involving 15 Argentine subsidiaries of Italian-owned companies, with data collected through face-to-face semi-structured interviews in Argentina with senior representatives from each company. Findings: Global operations can be successfully configured through both incremental and non incremental paths, while the pace of internationalization can also vary.
Introduction: The globalization of operations and supply chains is prominent in a lmost every industry sector. Organizations are facing up to the huge challenge of learning to compete in this wider context and are internationalizing in greater numbers, faster and in more ways than ever before. In particular, the phenomenon of offshoring moving previously home-based operations to foreign locations – has become commonplace. Although an Operations Management (OM) literature on global operations is emerging, our understanding of this phenomenon is limited. Thus, there is a need to conduct more research into internationalization decisions; three key reasons why this is required are outlined below.
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