Internationalization of Korean banks during crises: The network view of learning and commitment

Joong Woo Lee, Hong Sun Song, Jooyoung Kwak

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This study addresses the effect of crisis on bank internationalization from the perspective of network theory. Employing the internationalization process (IP) model, we particularly examine the role of learning and commitment in overseas expansion for banking services under stable and critical periods. Following the IP model and business network approach, the study develops a theoretical view for analysis of international banks from South Korea. South Korean banks are selected as they experienced two global crises, one in 1998 and the other in 2008. Findings show that while the first crisis in 1998 stopped internationalization, the 2008 crisis stimulated firms to find new markets, especially in developing countries. Different from the studies showing that commitment increases in stable periods and decreases in crisis, this study contributes to the finding that experiencing earlier crises enhances learning and increases commitment needed for expansion and strengthening of the business network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1040-1048
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Business Review
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing


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