A Set of Motives to Unite them all? Revisiting the Principles and Typology of Internationalization Motives

Cuervo-Cazurra, A. and Narula, R. 2015. A set of motives to unite them all? Revisiting the principles and typology of internationalization motives. Multinational Business Review, 23: 2-14.

11 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2018

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Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra

Northeastern University - Department of International Business and Strategy

Rajneesh Narula

International Business and Strategy, Henley Business School

Date Written: March 2, 2015

Abstract

We reflect on the background and evolution of the internationalization motives over the last few decades, and provide suggestions for how to use the motives for future analyses. We also reflect on the contributions to the debate of the accompanying articles of the forum. There continue to be new developments in the way in which firms organize themselves as MNEs and this implies that the ‘classic’ motives originally introduced by Dunning in 1993 need to be revisited. Dunning’s motives and arguments were deductive and atheoretical, and were intended to be used as a toolkit, used in conjunction with other theories and frameworks. They are not an alternative to a classification of possible MNE strategies. This article and the ones that accompany it provide a deeper and nuanced understanding on internationalization motives for future research to build on.

Keywords: Internationalization, Motives, Multinational companies

JEL Classification: F23, M16, M21

Suggested Citation

Cuervo-Cazurra, Alvaro and Narula, Rajneesh, A Set of Motives to Unite them all? Revisiting the Principles and Typology of Internationalization Motives (March 2, 2015). Cuervo-Cazurra, A. and Narula, R. 2015. A set of motives to unite them all? Revisiting the principles and typology of internationalization motives. Multinational Business Review, 23: 2-14.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3298425

Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - Department of International Business and Strategy ( email )

D'Amore-McKim School of Business
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HOME PAGE: http://cuervo-cazurra.com

Rajneesh Narula

International Business and Strategy, Henley Business School ( email )

University of Reading
Reading, UT Berkshire RG6 6UD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)118 378 5247 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.henley.ac.uk/people/person/professor-rajneesh-narula/

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