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research on commercial diplomacy: review and implications

Reuvers, Shirin (2012) research on commercial diplomacy: review and implications.

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Abstract:Research on Commercial Diplomacy: Review and implications Shifting boundaries, developments in trading systems and technological change request for an increasingly active attitude of governments to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and encourage companies to enter foreign markets. Under the rubric of commercial diplomacy this thesis reviews existing conceptual and empirical work to develop a future research agenda on such business-government collaboration. First, based on various definitions we demarcate the concept of commercial diplomacy and build an initial framework in order to integrate topics discussed so far in the literature into one holistic model. Next, we identified 44 articles and analyze the specific topics examined, theories used, methods employed, levels of analysis, and the empirical findings. The review reveals an increasing but still limited body of research at the interface of the fields of International Relations (IR) and International Management (IM). We found a number of empirical studies, but most of the work was conceptual. Remarkably were especially the number and diversity of the topics examined: research on commercial diplomacy is still in its infancy due to a body of literature that is strongly limited by the patchiness of the topics covered. In order to stimulate further research within both disciplines, the last chapter aims at elucidating the added value of IM research on the topic at hand.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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