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Top management teams in international business research: a review and suggestions for future research

Cuypers, I. R. P., Patel, C., Ertug, G., Li, J. T. and Cuypers, Y. (2022) Top management teams in international business research: a review and suggestions for future research. Journal of International Business Studies, 53. pp. 481-515. ISSN 1478-6990

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1057/s41267-021-00456-9


This article reviews and critically assesses the large and diverse literature on top management teams (TMTs) that has focused on international business (IB) issues. We apply an organizing framework that centers around four key elements of TMTs – TMT composition, structure, processes, and governance – and the most commonly studied IB-related choices and outcomes. This framework allows us to synthesize the contributions of the literature on TMTs in IB and identify opportunities for future research. The contributions of our review are threefold. First, we offer a roadmap for navigating the large and diverse literature on TMTs in IB. Second, we provide a systematic and critical evaluation of the key empirical and theoretical developments in this literature. Third, we highlight opportunities for future research to make theoretical and empirical advancements in each of the areas of our organizing framework. In these future research opportunities, we draw particular attention to the need to further contextualize TMT research in IB by proposing opportunities to more systematically incorporate the unique nature of the MNE and the external environment in which the MNE operates.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:99513


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