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The Internationalization of Global Start-Ups: Understanding the Role of Serial Entrepreneurs

  • Onetti Alberto

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    (Department of Economics, University of Insubria, Italy)

  • Odorici Vincenza

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    (Business Administration Department , University of Bologna, Italy)

  • Presutti Manuela

    ()

    (Business Administration Department , University of Bologna, Italy)

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    Using 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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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Insubria in its series Economics and Quantitative Methods with number qf0801.

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    Length: 35 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2008
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