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Top management team influence on firms’ internationalization complexity

Vallone, T., Elia, S., Greve, P., Longoni, L. and Marinelli, D. (2019) Top management team influence on firms’ internationalization complexity. In: van Tulder, R., Verbeke, A. and Jankowska, B. (eds.) International Business in a VUCA World: The Changing Role of States and Firms. 1978, 14. Emerald, pp. 203-230. ISBN 9781838672560

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We study the relationship between firms' top management teams (TMT) and internationalization complexity. We consider the effect of three different sets of TMT characteristics – international business orientation intensity, education intensity, and team diversity – on three different and increasingly complex facets of internationalization - international markets intensity, international operations intensity and international country diversity. We argue that more international, highly-educated and diverse TMTs are better able to face the complexity derived from international competition. The results of our empirical analysis show that TMTs having foreign managers or managers with international experience are more likely to be in charge of firms facing higher international operations intensity. Conversely, more educated and more diverse TMTs are associated with complexity deriving from international diversification.

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