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Understanding global flows of venture capital: Human networks as the “carrier wave” of globalization

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  • Ravi Madhavan

    (Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA)

  • Akie Iriyama

    (School of Management, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA)

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    Industry participants and observers view venture capital as fundamentally a local business. However, recent data show an increasing share of US venture capital investments flowing overseas. We suggest that cross-border venture capital flows are associated with the formation of “transnational technical communities” (TTCs), groups of immigrants active in both home- and host-country technical networks. Our results highlight the role of human networks as a mechanism of industry globalization, and support the view that TTCs are emerging economic actors in their own right.

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    Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Journal of International Business Studies.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 8 (October)
    Pages: 1241-1259

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    1. Gammelgaard, Jens & McDonald, Frank & Stephan, Andreas & Tüselmann, Heinz & Dörrenbächer, Christoph, 2012. "The impact of increases in subsidiary autonomy and network relationships on performance," International Business Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 21(6), pages 1158-1172.
    2. Gao, Lan & Liu, Xiaohui & Zou, Huan, 2013. "The role of human mobility in promoting Chinese outward FDI: A neglected factor?," International Business Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 437-449.
    3. Li, Ji & Chu, Chris W.L. & Wang, Xinran & Zhu, Hong & Tang, Guiyao & Chen, Yuanyi, 2012. "Symbiotic ownership, cultural alignment, and firm performance: A test among international strategic alliances," International Business Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 21(6), pages 987-997.
    4. Larrañeta, Bárbara & Zahra, Shaker A. & González, José Luis Galán, 2012. "Enriching strategic variety in new ventures through external knowledge," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 27(4), pages 401-413.

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