The Multilingual Reality of Global Business Expansion
Language strategy has been defined as ‘the planned adoption of a range of techniques to facilitate effective communication with clients and suppliers abroad’ (Hagen, 2011, 4). What is still somewhat unknown is at what stage, if ever, internationalizing firms develop such formal language strategies. What we can say, based on our treatment of language in earlier chapters of this book, is that, whether the language is formal or not, internationalizing firms develop varied responses to language demands over time. Collectively, these may be referred to as their evolving language strategies. It is not the objective of this chapter to provide a full review of how firms design strategies to further their global intentions.
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