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Title


Current internationalization of firms and markets as reconfiguration in densely connected networks

Authors


Lars-Gunnar Mattsson
Stockholm School of Economics
Sweden
Lars-Gunnar Mattsson and
Susanne Hertz
Jönköping International Business School
Sweden
Susanne Hertz

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 17th IMP-conference in Oslo, Norway in 2001.

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Abstract


International strategic alliances is an important phenomenon in contemporary markets. Theirexistence is an aspect of "collective competition". The alliances undergo changes in terms ofmembership (entry, exit) and degree of integration between the members. We analyse thedynamics of alliances with a "markets-as-networks" view, seeing alliances as embedded in awider, dynamic network context, where strategic actions by firms initiate changes in thenetwork structure, i.e. how firms are directly and indirectly connected to each other ascooperating or competing. Two cases from the freight forwarding industry are used toillustrate our analysis. We formulate a number of propositions pertaining tointernationalization of the firm and more specifically to the dynamics of strategic alliances.As both internationalization of the firm and of a market have reached high levels ofinternational interdependencies, strategic actions by individual firms are to a great extentconditioned by such interdependencies.