International Entry Mode Choices of Software Firms

International Entry Mode Choices of Software Firms

Reihe: Informationstechnologie und Ökonomie - Band 38

Erscheinungsjahr: 2009

Autor: Jessica Katharina Winkler

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009.

XVIII, 161 pp., 24 tables, 16 graphs

ISBN 978-3-631-60200-3





When entering foreign markets, software firms need to make a fundamental choice regarding the distribution arrangements for software products and related services. This choice may involve contracting with local partners or entering foreign markets through company-owned channels. This book focuses on analyzing such boundary choices. Taking a resource-based and knowledge-based perspective, a research model is developed that outlines software firms' international entry mode choices in the light of software product and service characteristics. The research model is tested based on survey data from medium-sized German software firms that operate internationally. Thus, the book provides theoretically and empirically grounded insights into the determinants of software firms' entry mode choices.


Software firms' international entry mode choices - Software product and service characteristics - Knowledge transfer to foreign markets - Internationalization status of German software firms.


Jessica Katharina Winkler was born in Tübingen in 1981. In 2005, she completed her studies in Business Administration at the University of Mannheim, during which she also spent a year at the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College (USA). She conducted the underlying research of this book as a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Heinzl at the University of Mannheim between 2005 and 2009.