The Internationalization of Global Start-Ups: Understanding the Role of Serial Entrepreneurs
AbstractUsing qualitative methodology, we aim to understand how serial entrepreneurs can foster the development of born-global ventures. We consider a born-global start-up as the final stage of the learning process for a serial entrepreneur, advancing propositions regarding the importance of prior entrepreneurial experience – in terms of knowledge acquisition, identification and exploitation of opportunities, social networks development – for bornglobal venture creation and growth. We verify that the serial entrepreneur’s previous entrepreneurial experiences could substitute for the lack of knowledge, opportunity recognition and social networks of a born-global start-up. Thus, we recognize the necessity of a shift in the unit of analysis, from born-global start-up to a global serial entrepreneur. Moreover, we suggest to follow a dynamic approach when the born-global start-up issue is discussed since we expect that the entrepreneur’s learning process evolves over time in relation to their quality of previous experiences.
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born-global; international new ventures; entrepreneurship; serial entrepreneur; internationalization; social network; entrepreneurial experience; opportunity identification; opportunity exploration; longitudinal case study.;
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- NEP-ALL-2008-08-06 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2008-08-06 (Business Economics)
- NEP-CSE-2008-08-06 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-ENT-2008-08-06 (Entrepreneurship)
- NEP-KNM-2008-08-06 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-PKE-2008-08-06 (Post Keynesian Economics)
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