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Current Issues in International Entrepreneurship

Current Issues in International Entrepreneurship

The McGill International Entrepreneurship series

Edited by Hamid Etemad, Tage Koed Madsen, Erik S. Rasmussen and Per Servais

The young field of international entrepreneurship is rapidly expanding in scope and complexity, as increasingly more companies across the world compete to gain a larger global market share and attract consumers both at home and abroad. This book, the fifth volume in the McGill International Entrepreneurship series, brings together 29 scholars and practitioners to explore the contemporary issues, evolving relations and dynamic forces that are shaping the new emerging entrepreneurial system in international markets. It examines entrepreneurial efforts and relations in many firms embedded in and constrained by different national and corporate cultures of their own and offers expert recommendations for further research, better managerial practice and more effective public policy approaches.

Chapter 5: International entrepreneurship from emerging economies: a meta-analysis

Meysam Zolfaghari, Alex Rialp and Witold Nowiński

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, international business


As internationalization of firms, mostly new and young ones, becomes an increasingly widespread phenomenon, international entrepreneurship (IE) has been recognized as a major force in the global economy. As opposed to entrepreneurship, which is contextually bound, IE occurs simultaneously in at least two contexts – local and international – which may be, in part or totally, different. The field of IE has broadened from its early focus on purely small international new ventures to include the entrepreneurial and international behavior of even larger, more established firms and the concept of corporate international entrepreneurship (Zahra 2005). Also, in the domain of IE comparisons of entrepreneurial behavior in multiple countries and cultures can be done (Coviello and Jones 2004; Oviatt and McDougall 2005). As a field of research, IE has also grown exponentially in terms of generating extensive academic research in the last two decades. Accordingly, a number of relevant IE research reviews, though applying different definitions and taking different perspectives, have been published (Zahra and George 2002; Coviello and Jones 2004; Rialp et al. 2005; Aspelund et al. 2007; Keupp and Gassmann 2009; Jones et al. 2011; De Clercq et al. 2012; Casillas and Acedo 2013).

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