Firm internationalization strategy: strategy-as-practice perspective on Global Production Networks

Eric Knight, Dariusz Wojcik, Phillip O'Neill

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Global Production Networks (GPNs) have been used by scholars in international business primarily as a framework for explaining the complex strategic phenomena underpinning the global production of goods and services. Yet existing studies have tended to focus on what actors are involved in the network, and less on the dynamic processes that organizations use to effect networked relationships. Building on recent calls to address this, this paper deploys a social-practice theoretical perspective supported by a qualitative longitudinal case study to explore the early stages of GPN emergence as a company strategically internationalizes. Our study is based on a two-and-a-half-year ethnography of a Sydney-based financial services firm supplying an IT technology into the US, UK, and Asian international corresponding banking market. Our findings highlight the dynamic, processual nature of produc-ing and network-ing in GPNs. We show how certain strategic activities remain located at headquarters and the ability of firms (either small or large) to access production networks builds on their ability to adapt rapidly between general market-oriented agendas, and practical, organization-specific implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management (78th : 2018) - Chicago, Illinois, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management (78th : 2018)
Abbreviated titleAOM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, Illinois


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