Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 325–342 | Cite as

Measuring the Degree of Internationalization of a Firm

  • Daniel Sullivan


In spite of both positivistic and instrumental research, the reliability of measuring the degree of internationalization of a firm remains speculative. We collected data on nine attributes of seventy-four American manufacturing MNCs. Alpha, factor, and frequency analyses revealed a linear combination of five variables with a reliability coefficient of .79 as a measure of the degree of internationalization of a firm. We discuss the statistical and conceptual properties of the scale and their implications for content and construct validity.

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© Academy of International Business 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Sullivan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Delaware

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