Quotation Mohr, Alexander, Batsakis, Georgios. 2019. The Contingent Effect of TMT International Experience on Firms’ Internationalization Speed. British Journal of Management (BJM). 30 (4), 869-887.




Drawing on upper echelons theory, we argue that there will be an inverted U-curve-shaped relationship between top management teams’ (TMTs’) level of international experience and a firm’s internationalization speed. Accounting for the role of executive job demands highlighted in upper echelons theory, we further suggest that competitive pressure, product diversification, and geographic scope moderate the relationship between TMT international experience and internationalization speed by increasing the demands of TMT managers’ jobs. Using data on the international expansion of 91 retailers between 2003 and 2012, we find empirical support for the inverted U-curve-shaped effect of TMT international experience and the moderating role of competitive pressure. We find no moderating effect of product diversification or geographic scope.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal British Journal of Management (BJM)
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-A
Language English
Title The Contingent Effect of TMT International Experience on Firms’ Internationalization Speed
Volume 30
Number 4
Year 2019
Page from 869
Page to 887
URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1467-8551.12293
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12293
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Mohr, Alexander (Details)
Batsakis, Georgios (ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece)
Institute for International Business (Mohr) (Details)
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