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Type: Journal article
Title: Bilateral FTAs and internationalisation adjustments
Author: Thirawat, N.
Robins, F.
Baume, G.
Citation: Asian Business & Management, 2011; 10(4):555-578
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1472-4782
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Nipawan Thirawat, Frederick Robins and Georges Baume
Abstract: This article investigates and analyses internationalisation adjustments of Thai multinational enterprises (MNEs). It is based on 10 case studies of Thai MNEs in the food-processing sector. The results highlight how bilateral FTAs can influence developing-country MNEs, based on a micro-level analysis. The empirical evidence indicates that Thai MNEs, in order to internationalise successfully, responded to FTAs by developing towards hybrid competitive strategies. These findings are integrated into a single conceptual framework for analysing the influence of bilateral FTAs on firms’ internationalisation. This offers a basis for further empirical investigation of the dynamics of internationalisation by firms based in emerging economies.
Keywords: Internationalisation; MNEs; FTAs
Rights: © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
RMID: 0020114420
DOI: 10.1057/abm.2011.22
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