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The influence of the entrepreneur’s background on the behaviour and development of born globals’ internationalisation processes
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Centre for Technology, Innovation and Marketing Management (CTIM2).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2610-6773
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Centre for Technology, Innovation and Marketing Management (CTIM2).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8194-2053
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, ISSN 1476-1297, E-ISSN 1741-8054, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 136-153Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While much of the research on small firm internationalisation has concentrated on export strategies, little attention has been paid to understanding the process and conditions under which the entrepreneur identifies and exploits an opportunity. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between the entrepreneur's prior life story and the development and behaviour of his or her born global firm. Six years of intense qualitative field research, including 108 interviews from three entrepreneurial 'born global' firms are compared and contrasted within our theoretical framework. In this study empirical evidence suggests that a person's childhood and prior life story directly influences the behaviour of the entrepreneur. We propose that different types of entrepreneurs are important factors to understand firms' different internationalization patterns. Depending on the backgrounds of the entrepreneurs, they developed preferences, skills, and especially desires that will affect the total behaviour of their future organisations. Copyright © 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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Olney: InderScience Publishers, 2012. Vol. 15, no 2, p. 136-153
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born global, internationalisation, entrepreneur, childhood experience
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-17344DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2012.045201Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84857332211OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-17344DiVA, id: diva2:507364
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KK - Born GlobalVetenskapsrådet - Internationell tillväxt i hälsotekniksektornAvailable from: 2012-03-04 Created: 2012-03-04 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved

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