Special Topics: The Role of Knowledge and Learning in Internationalization

The special topic calls for papers on “The Role of Knowledge and Learning in Internationalization” and such papers will appear in International Business and Management as a special column.

Affiliated research area: Business


The international strategy is enhanced by the organization’s ability to learn. From this perspective, internationalization is viewed as a process of learning and knowledge accumulation. Learning alters the manner in which firms see and interpret the world and identify knowledge gaps in foreign markets. Knowledge and learning play a central role in the internationalization processes of the firm in a different number of ways. The international firm needs to learn and use knowledge on the different international markets it is operating in. Knowledge acquisition is one of the key factors behind a firm’s international behavior in terms of selection of foreign markets, entry modes and the speed of the process. Different markets imply different consumers’ needs and wants. Learning is essential for product adaptation as well as for achieving product innovation successfully. International firms tend to have an outstanding innovative capability that they exploit in several markets. This Special topic focuses on these knowledge processes that allow the international firm to outperform its competitors in the international arena.


In addition to the Review and Original Articles by invited speakers, we are inviting you to submit a relevant research paper on “The Role of Knowledge and Learning in Internationalization” for consideration. Papers will be subject to normal peer review and must comply with the Guide for Authors.

To submit papers to the Special Topic “The Role of Knowledge and Learning in Internationalization”, please go to http://www.cscanada.net. With your submission, please state clearly to the editor that your manuscripts are submitted to the Special Topic “The Role of Knowledge and Learning in Internationalization.”


Related Conferences:

18-19 October 2012, Bogotá, Colombia, 9th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organizational Learning

Mar 24-28 2013, Indiana, USA, the 4th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge


Related Journals (Special issue):

International Business Review

International Journal of Production Economics

Academy of Management Journal

International Marketing Review


Related Articles:

Albino, V., Garavelli, A. C., & Schiuma, G. (1998). Knowledge transfer and inter-firm relationships in industrial districts: the role of the leader firm. Technovation, 19(1), 53-63.

Autio, E., Sapienza, H. J., & Almeida, J. G. (2000). Effects of age at entry, knowledge intensity, and imitability on international growth. Academy of management journal, 43(5), 909-924.

Casillas, J. C., Moreno, A. M., Acedo, F. J., Gallego, M. A., & Ramos, E. (2009). An integrative model of the role of knowledge in the internationalization process. Journal of World Business, 44(3), 311-322.

Forsgren, M. (2002). The concept of learning in the Uppsala internationalization process model: a critical review. International business review, 11(3), 257-277.

Johanson, J., & Vahlne, J. E. (2006). Commitment and opportunity development in the internationalization process: A note on the Uppsala internationalization process model. Management International Review, 46(2), 165-178.

Schulz, M. (2001). The uncertain relevance of newness: Organizational learning and knowledge flows. Academy of Management Journal, 44(4), 661-681.

Saarenketo, S., Puumalainen, K., Kuivalainen, O., & Kyläheiko, K. (2004). Dynamic knowledge-related learning processes in internationalizing high-tech SMEs. International Journal of Production Economics, 89(3), 363-378.

Tsang, E. W. (2002). Acquiring knowledge by foreign partners from international joint ventures in a transition economy: learning‐by‐doing and learning myopia. Strategic management journal, 23(9), 835-854.

Yli‐Renko, H., Autio, E., & Sapienza, H. J. (2001). Social capital, knowledge acquisition, and knowledge exploitation in young technology‐based firms. Strategic management journal, 22(6‐7), 587-613.