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Born global firms in knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) – what do we know of their performance?

  • Halldin, Torbjörn


    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

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    This paper studies the performance of KIBS firms that are aimed for global markets from inception. Despite the increasing importance of KIBS, no previous study has investigated born global firms in this sector of the economy. Three definitions are used to categorize firms as born global. Both OLS and a nearest neighbor matching approach are implemented to find evidence of higher growth in employment and sales per employee five years after firm foundation. Finally, the findings are robust to a finer array of born global definitions and time horizons of firm performance.

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    Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 270.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: 16 Mar 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0270
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