The McGill International Entrepreneurship series
Edited by Hamid Etemad, Tage Koed Madsen, Erik S. Rasmussen and Per Servais
Chapter 5: International entrepreneurship from emerging economies: a meta-analysis
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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