Institutional Theory and International Entrepreneurship: A Review


  • Vivian Peuker Sardon Steinhauser Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro - PUC, Rio de Janeiro, (Brasil).
  • Angela da Rocha Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC, Rio de Janeiro, (Brasil)
  • Fábio de Oliveira Paula Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC, Rio de Janeiro, (Brasil)



Institutional Theory, Institutionalism, International Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship, Bibliometrics


Purpose: To review the literature that uses institutional theory to examine the internationalization of smaller and entrepreneurial firms, covering the period from January 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

Method: The bibliometric review uses the bibliographic coupling technique and content analysis.

Main Findings:  The literature was divided in three periods using bibliometric techniques, and the main themes examined in each period were identified and analyzed qualitatively.

Relevance /Originality: Only one previous literature review examined the same issue addressed in this paper, but only covered articles published up to 2008 (Szyliowicz & Galvin, 2010).

Theoretical Contributions: The study uncovers the thematic structure of the field throughout the period examined and suggests issues for future research.


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Biografia do Autor

Vivian Peuker Sardon Steinhauser, Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro - PUC, Rio de Janeiro, (Brasil).

Doutora em Administração de Empresas, com ênfase em internacionalização de empresas pela Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro - PUC, Rio de Janeiro, (Brasil).

Angela da Rocha, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC, Rio de Janeiro, (Brasil)

Professora da Escola de Negócios da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro - PUC.

Fábio de Oliveira Paula, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC, Rio de Janeiro, (Brasil)

Doutor em Administração de Empresas da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC, Rio de Janeiro, (Brasil). Professor Adjunto da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – PUC, Rio de Janeiro. 


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Steinhauser, V., da Rocha, A., & de Oliveira Paula, F. (2022). Institutional Theory and International Entrepreneurship: A Review. Internext, 17(2), 264–283.