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Dissecting Embeddedness in International Retailing

Citation
Burt S, Johansson U & Dawson J (2017) Dissecting Embeddedness in International Retailing. Journal of Economic Geography, 17 (3), pp. 685-707. https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbw045

Abstract
Embeddedness, and its constituent types, has been employed as a conceptual framework to explain the processes of host market acculturation in retail internationalisation. The retail industry is not, however, a homogeneous business sector. Differences exist between retail sectors, retail formats and governance modes in how retail business models evolve and how a retail business operates in a market. These differing characteristics alongside the coercive, mimetic, and agency pressures arising from interactions amongst institutions, consumer market cultures and firms determine the emphasis placed upon different embeddedness types and how embeddedness occurs. Consideration of these factors allows us to “dissect” the generic embeddedness concept and gain a more nuanced understanding of the processes involved. A deeper understanding of the nature and process of embeddedness will support future studies using the concept across many economic sectors.

Keywords
Embeddedness; retail sector; retail format; governance; retail internationalisation

Journal
Journal of Economic Geography: Volume 17, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Author(s)Burt, Steven; Johansson, Ulf; Dawson, John
Publication date31/05/2017
Publication date online19/01/2017
Date accepted by journal05/12/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/24648
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN1468-2702
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