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Earliness of internationalization and performance outcomes: Exploring the moderating effects of venture age and international commitment

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  • Zhou, Lianxi
  • Wu, Aiqi
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    This study examines the impact of early foreign market entry on new ventures’ performance outcomes. Venture age and international commitment are theorized as moderators to address the inconsistent findings of previous research surrounding the performance implications of early internationalization. Results from a sample of international new ventures in China found that the earliness of internationalization positively contributes to firm performance in terms of sales growth, but not innovation and profitability. The performance advantage of early internationalization becomes obsolete as young ventures become mature, especially among those with a low level of international commitment. This study highlights the importance of incorporating time-based dimensions of international venturing for a better understanding of the performance implications of early internationalization.

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    Volume (Year): 49 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 132-142

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    Keywords: International new venture; Earliness of internationalization; Venture age; International commitment; Performance outcomes; China;

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