International Entrepreneurship: The Current Status of the Field and Future Research Agenda

Shaker A. Zahra, Gerard George

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With the globalization of the world economy, interest in international entrepreneurship has increased rapidly over the past decade. One of the most important features of today's global economy is the growing role of young entrepreneurial new ventures. Through the 1990s, researchers' attention has centered on exploring the motivations for, the pattern of, and the pace of internationalization by new ventures (i.e., firms eight years old or younger). Invoking multiple theoretical perspectives, some researchers suggest that new ventures frequently become active players in the global economy soon after the birth of these firms. More recently, however, researchers have focused on examining the entrepreneurial activities of established companies (i.e., firms older than eight years), aiming to uncover the key patterns of innovative activities associated with successful internationalization. By doing so, researchers have sought to explain how international entrepreneurship may lead to superior financial performance among established firms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStrategic Entrepreneurship
Subtitle of host publicationCreating a New Mindset
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781405164085
ISBN (Print)9780631234104
StatePublished - Feb 27 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Conceptual and empirical treatment
  • Future research
  • Integrated model
  • International entrepreneurship


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