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An examination of cross-border strategies in banking

Howcroft, J. B., ul-Haq, R. and Carr, C. (2011) An examination of cross-border strategies in banking. The Services Industry Journal, 31 (13). pp. 2091-2109. ISSN 1743-9507

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/02642069.2010.504815


The paper examines the process of bank internationalisation and explores how banks become international organisations and what this involves. It also makes an assessment of the significance of their international operations and determines whether banks are truly global organisations. The empirical data are based on the 60 largest banks in the world and content analysis is used to categorise the information into the eight international strategies of Atamer, Calori, Gustavsson, and Menguzzato-Boulard [Internationalisation strategies. In R. Calori, T. Atamer, & P. Nunes (Eds.), The dynamics of international competition – from practice to theory, strategy series (pp. 162–206). London: Sage (2000)] and Bryan, Fraser, Oppenheim, and Rall [Race for the World strategies to build a great global firm. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press (1999)]. The findings suggest that the majority of banks focus on countries or geographic regions in which they have some sort of cultural or economic affinity. Moreover, apart from a relatively small number of very large banks, they are international rather than truly global organisations.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:45940
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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