Going International: The Experience of Chinese Companies

  •  Qiang Ding    
  •  Michèle E.M. Akoorie    
  •  Kathryn Pavlovich    


To date, China’s offshore factories and outward FDI have received little attention in the literature, even if China has been the country with the largest outward FDI of all of the developing nations. The objective of this paper is to provide a contribution to the understanding of Chinese enterprise activity abroad, drawing on the published documents and case analysis. The paper highlights that Chinese firms need to take a learning approach to their internationalization process - going international not only means to gain access to new markets abroad, or make better use of the internal production capacity, it still can be an opportunity to learn from the international business environment and make the organization look beyond its daily routines.

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