Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 23–32

The Internationalization Process of the Firm—A Model of Knowledge Development and Increasing Foreign Market Commitments

  • Jan Johanson
  • Jan-Erik Vahlne

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490676

Cite this article as:
Johanson, J. & Vahlne, JE. J Int Bus Stud (1977) 8: 23. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490676


On the basis of empirical research, a model of the internationalization process of the firm is developed. The model focuses on the gradual acquisition, integration and use of knowledge about foreign markets and operations, and on the incrementally increasing commitments to foreign markets. In particular, attention is concentrated on the increasing involvement in the individual foreign country.

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© Academy of International Business 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Johanson
    • 1
  • Jan-Erik Vahlne
    • 2
  1. 1.Center of International Business Studies, University of Uppsala
  2. 2.Institute of International Business, Stockholm School of Economics

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