Cross-Border Health Care Services as Inward Internationalization
Palavras-chave:Cross-Border Health Care, Inward Internationalization, Effectuation, International Experience, Networking
Purpose: The research aimed at investigating the pre-conditions and the decision-making process by which physician-entrepreneurs adopt CBHCS as part of their business.
Method: The study uses the case method of investigation.
Main results: Results showed that, in the cases studied, international experience and international networking are relevant characteristics of the physician-entrepreneur, besides country reputation, cultural and language similarities, and physician reputation. In addition, the decision processes of the physician-entrepreneurs in these organizations are based on an effectual logic. The offer of cross-border health care services was a combination of given means and contingencies, which helped the entrepreneurs to discover, or to create, the opportunity, and then develop it.
Relevance/originality: The research combines the literatures on effectuation and inward internationalization to study the decision-making process of adopting CBHCS by medical clinics.
Theoretical contributions: The study contributes to the literature by identifying certain pre-conditions and providing an in-depth analysis of the use of effectual logic by physician-entrepreneurs in their decision-making process of adopting CBHCS.
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