Internationalisation of emergingmarket firms: An exploratorystudy of chilean companies

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Purpose – This paper aims to explore how firms from a Latin American market internationalise using the resource-based view of the firm as a theoretical foundation. Specifically, it examines the internationalisation process of three Chilean companies that have become relevant international players. Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on interviews with company managers, as well as industry data and corporate reports, this paper provides insights into the successful internationalisation process of emerging market firms. Findings – The findings of this study suggest that specific capabilities and resources, such as belonging to a family conglomerate, domestic and foreign partnerships and networks, innovation and market orientation, and an experienced management team, are required for emerging market firms to internationalise and improve their performance in foreign markets. Originality/value – This study is one of the few to address the internationalisation process ofChilean companies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-78
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Emerging Markets
Issue number1
StatePublished - 14 Jan 2014


  • Chile
  • Emerging markets
  • International marketing strategy


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