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The role of knowledge in internationalization

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  • Brennan, L.
  • Garvey, D.
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    This paper examines the role of knowledge in the internationalization of the firm. The earlier internationalization process models are reviewed and challenges relating to their assumptions about knowledge are highlighted. This is discussed in relation to a relatively new phenomenon, the "Born Global" phenomenon. A synthesis of the research to date on this phenomenon is presented. In the context of a new world economy, a different perspective on the role of knowledge emerges. This view of knowledge is one in which knowledge intensity and internationalization knowledge accumulation influence the pace and pattern of firm internationalization. The paper calls for further research in this area.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research in International Business and Finance.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 120-133

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:riibaf:v:23:y:2009:i:2:p:120-133

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    Keywords: Internationalization Knowledge Born Global;

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