International Entrepreneurship as a Dynamic Adaptive System: Towards a Grounded Theory
This paper is based on a primary assumption: That the internationalizing smaller firms are different from large international firms, such as multinational enterprises (MNEs); and therefore, the process of internationalization and growth of smaller firms may not follow processes stipulated in the extant theories of MNEs and international business processes (IBPs). Even the primary orientations and theoretical constructs used in IBP and the theory of multinationals are different from those in entrepreneurship: While the former focuses on the institution of the "firm" the latter concentres on the "entrepreneur" as internationalizing entities. This paper will suggest a theoretical framework capable of integrating this prevailing fragmentation.
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