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Knowledge and internationalization of returnee entrepreneurial firms
Uppsala University, Uppsala.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.
Public University of Navarre, Navarre, Pamplona, Spain.
2017 (English)In: International Business Review, ISSN 0969-5931, E-ISSN 1873-6149, Vol. 26, no 4, 652-665 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aims to answer whether and how returnee entrepreneurs’ international experience and returnee entrepreneurial firms’ international market knowledge influence these firms’ internationalization. Anchored in a framework combining an entrepreneurial and knowledge-based view, we develop a model and four hypotheses on the relations between returnee entrepreneurs’ international experience, international market knowledge, international market commitment, and level of internationalization of the returnee entrepreneurial firm. Empirical evidence of the proposed model is derived from a recent sample of Chinese returnee SMEs in knowledge-intensive and high-technology industries. The main finding is that returnee entrepreneurs’ international experience nurtures international market knowledge of returnee entrepreneurial firms, which in turn has a positive effect on these firms’ international market commitment and level of internationalization. In terms of theory, the study extends our understanding of returnee entrepreneurial firms by uncovering the role of returnee entrepreneurs’ international experience and returnee firms’ international market knowledge during their initial and early international expansion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 26, no 4, 652-665 p.
Keyword [en]
International experience, International new ventures, Internationalization, Knowledge-based view, Level of internationalization, Market commitment, Market knowledge, Returnee entrepreneurs
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31142DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2016.12.006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85008190848OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31142DiVA: diva2:1119418
Available from: 2017-07-04 Created: 2017-07-04 Last updated: 2017-07-04Bibliographically approved

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