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Antecedents of international and domestic learning effort

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  • H. J. SAPIENZA
  • D. DE CLERCQ

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  • W. R. SANDBERG

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We examine the antecedents of international and domestic learning effort in independent firms. We combine learning theory and the “attention-based” view to examine how firms’ degree of internationalization, the age at international entry, and entrepreneurial orientation are associated with the extent to which they engage in foreign and domestic learning activities. In particular, our study shows that early entry in foreign markets and an entrepreneurial orientation are positively related to a culture that promotes learning effort in international and domestic markets. On the other hand, whereas a firm’s degree of internationalization does not have a significant association with international learning effort, the degree of internationalization is negatively related to domestic learning effort. We discuss the implications of our study for theory, practice, and future research.

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  • H. J. Sapienza & D. De Clercq & W. R. Sandberg, 2004. "Antecedents of international and domestic learning effort," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 04/278, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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    1. Douglas Cumming & Sofia Johan, 2006. "Provincial preferences in private equity," Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Springer;Swiss Society for Financial Market Research, vol. 20(4), pages 369-398, December.
    2. Reuber, A. Rebecca & Fischer, Eileen, 2011. "International entrepreneurship in internet-enabled markets," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 26(6), pages 660-679.

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