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A Comparative Analysis of Polish and Czech International New Ventures


  • Lidia Danik
  • Izabela Kowalik
  • Petr Král


The goal of this paper is to compare the characteristics of Polish and Czech companies which follow the Born Global internationalization model. More concretely, the analysis aims to discover the differences or similarities in terms of the internationalization paths of Polish and Czech SMEs in the characteristics of their managers in terms of the so-called “international vision” and in their innovativeness level. The introductory part of article provides a description of this internationalization model and the International New Ventures traits (INV) and summarizes the recent studies on this topic conducted in Poland and Czech Republic. In the empirical part, the International New Ventures from the two countries are compared. The Polish sample includes 105 companies which were surveyed with use of computer assisted telephone interviews in autumn 2014. For the Czech Republic, the sample consists of 54 small and medium-sized companies, which were surveyed using the computer assisted web interviews from November 2013 till January 2014. The surveyed companies in both countries fulfilled the definition of Born Globals. Descriptive statistics, cross-tabulation analysis and non-parametric tests are applied to accomplish the goals of the paper.

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  • Lidia Danik & Izabela Kowalik & Petr Král, 2016. "A Comparative Analysis of Polish and Czech International New Ventures," Central European Business Review, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2016(2), pages 57-73.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlcbr:v:2016:y:2016:i:2:id:152:p:57-73

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    1. Olivier Lamotte & Ana Colovic, 2015. "Early internationalization of new ventures from emerging countries: The case of transition economies," Post-Print hal-01153359, HAL.
    2. Gabrielsson, Mika & Kirpalani, V.H. Manek & Dimitratos, Pavlos & Solberg, Carl Arthur & Zucchella, Antonella, 2008. "Born globals: Propositions to help advance the theory," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 17(4), pages 385-401, August.
    3. Danik, Lidia Izabela Kowalik & Kowalik, Izabela, 2015. "Success factors and development barriers perceived by the Polish born global companies. Empirical study results," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 20(3), pages 360-390.
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    1. Andrea Éltető, 2017. "Export as a form of SME-internationalisation after the crisis – experiences of three European regions," IWE Working Papers 228, Institute for World Economics - Centre for Economic and Regional Studies- Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
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    Czech Republic; international new ventures; comparative analysis; Poland;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
    • M16 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - International Business Administration


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