A stages approach to the internationalization of higher education? The entry of UK universities into China

Xiaoqing Li, Joanne Roberts

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Abstract

This article contributes to understandings of the internationalization of Higher Education by investigating the extent to which a stages approach is evident in the overseas expansion of universities such that they beginning with exports before moving on to contractual arrangements, then joint ventures and finally the establishment of wholly owned subsidiaries. Focusing on the expansion of UK universities into the Chinese market, the findings from ten case studies reveal that universities do not follow a uniform market entry pattern. Moreover, evidence suggests that access to high level personal networks in China determines the development of high commitment entry modes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1011-1038
JournalThe Service Industries Journal
Volume32
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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