A review of the internationalization of Chinese enterprises

Ilan Alon, John Anderson, Ziaul Haque Munim, Alice Ho

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This article reviews the scholarly research on the internationalization of Chinese enterprises (ICE) through bibliometric citation analysis. We do so through a data visualization technique and analysis of 206 articles which are authored by 382 scholars in 72 different journals published between 2003 and 2016. The results reveal four research streams in the context of ICE: (1) testing traditional FDI theory, (2) location choice, (3) entry mode choice, and (4) drivers and motivations of internationalization. While international business (IB) journals, such as the Journal of World Business, the Journal of International Business Studies, and International Business Review, have taken a lead role in pushing the ICE literature stream forward, geographically focused general management journals, such as the Asia Pacific Journal of Management and Management & Organization Review, have also made a singular contribution. The impact of perspective, in terms of author and institution affiliation, on the literature set is also examined. Finally, issues related to data, methodological rigor and theoretical underpinnings are highlighted. To advance the ICE literature, we proposed a holistic framework of drivers and motivations of Chinese outward FDI and present some promising future research areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-605
Number of pages33
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Bibliometric analysis
  • China
  • Citation map
  • Dragon multinationals
  • Emerging markets multinationals (EMMs)
  • Internationalization
  • Literature review
  • Meta-analysis
  • Outward FDI


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