Organizational identiy and capability development in internationalization: transference, splicing and enhanced imitation in Tesco’s US market entry


Lowe, Michelle, George, Gerard and Alexy, Oliver (2012) Organizational identiy and capability development in internationalization: transference, splicing and enhanced imitation in Tesco’s US market entry. Journal of Economic Geography, 12, (5), 1021-1054. (doi:10.1093/jeg/lbs016).

Download

[img] PDF (Paper accepted for publication) - Accepted Manuscript
Restricted to internal admin

Download (732Kb)

Description/Abstract

Entry into international markets is a challenging process that fundamentally tests existing capabilities. During this entry process, capability gaps arise that need to be bridged to exploit the commercial opportunity and grow the business. Using a global retailer, Tesco plc, as a case study and employing grounded theory development techniques, we find that in order to achieve growth, two organizational attributes become critical—structural coherence of the firm’s capabilities and organizational identity. We identify three processes of capability development during market entry—transference, splicing, and enhanced imitation. Further, actions and processes that maintain or adapt organizational identity serve as a moderator of the relationship between these processes, capability deployment, and internalization necessary for entry into international markets. We discuss the study’s implications for theories of capability development, organizational identity, and foreign market entry.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/jeg/lbs016
ISSNs: 1468-2702 (print)
1468-2710 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: ?? uos2011-F1-TR-SI ??
ePrint ID: 338963
Date :
Date Event
2012Published
Date Deposited: 25 May 2012 08:52
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:28
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/338963

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics