Yes, we really do need more entry mode studies! A commentary on Shaver

J.M.A. Hennart, A.H.L. Slangen

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In a recent commentary published in this journal, Shaver raises the provocative question of whether we need more entry mode studies. After assessing the reasons for Shaver’s doubts and further developing his broad research suggestions, we conclude that this question should be answered affirmatively. We derive three important questions for future entry mode research: (1) What determines the evolution of operations resulting from suboptimal mode choices? (2) What causes the replication of past mode choices? (3) How is the entry decision process structured? Focusing on these questions should assure a bright future for entry mode research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-122
JournalJournal of International Business Studies (JIBS)
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • modes of entry
  • international business research agenda
  • JIBS decade award


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