Conceptualizing accelerated internationalization in the born global firm: A dynamic capabilities perspective

Weerawardena, Jay; Mort, Gillian Sullivan; Liesch, Peter W.; Knight, Gary
September 2007
Journal of World Business;Sep2007, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p294
Academic Journal
Abstract: Existing approaches at explaining accelerated internationalization of born global firms are incomplete as they do not capture the learning that is undertaken by these firms and their founders prior to the firm''s legal establishment. Building on the extant literature and drawing on the dynamic capabilities view of competitive strategy, this paper presents a conceptual model of born global firm internationalization. We conjecture that a set of dynamic capabilities that are built and nurtured by internationally-oriented entrepreneurial founders enable these firms to develop cutting-edge knowledge intensive products, paving the way for their accelerated market entry. We develop propositions and offer concluding remarks.


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