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De-internationalization: A Thematic Review and the Directions Forward

Ryan W. Tang (), Ying Zhu (), Hongbo Cai () and Jinrong Han ()
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Ryan W. Tang: University of South Australia
Ying Zhu: University of South Australia
Hongbo Cai: Beijing Normal University
Jinrong Han: Beijing Normal University

Management International Review, 2021, vol. 61, issue 3, No 1, 267-312

Abstract: Abstract The fast-growing interest in de-internationalization research calls for a comprehensive synthesis of extant literature to identify paths for future research. We have responded to this call with a framework-based thematic review of 218 articles published between 1979 and 2019. The review synthesizes theoretical arguments and empirical findings with the conceptual mapping of four themes: the concept of de-internationalization and its antecedents, consequences, and moderators. This synthesis ensures the theoretical contributions of future research on the dynamics of de-internationalization and its motives, barriers, and long-term impacts on multiple stakeholders as well as the conditions under which the impacts occur. This study, therefore, contributes to the literature with a thematic framework showing key themes in de-internationalization research as well as new directions in which to move forward.

Keywords: De-internationalization; Literature review; Conceptual mapping; Future research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s11575-021-00446-x

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