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Chapter 40: Emerging Research Issues in International Entrepreneurship
Shaker A. Zahra, Peggy Cloninger, Ji Feng Yu and Youngjun Choi Research on international entrepreneurship (IE) has drawn worldwide attention.* This chapter identiﬁes six emerging areas in IE research, examines the progress in research on each to date, and outlines the theoretical and empirical foundations of this research. The chapter also identiﬁes issues that require attention in future research and the methodological innovations necessary to address them. The discussion highlights bountiful opportunities for interesting and insightful IE research. The study of IE has grown rapidly over the past decade, reﬂecting the increasing globalization of business activities and the rising importance of entrepreneurship in gaining a competitive advantage in global markets. While the growth of this scholarship has been a welcome development, IE research has taken diﬀerent directions and past ﬁndings have been noncumulative (Zahra and George, 2002). Therefore it is important to assess the progress made to date and to outline eﬀective strategies to improve future research. One way to achieve this purpose is to focus on key emerging research issues, establish their theoretical relevance and propose an eﬀective research strategy to pursue them. This chapter presents such an eﬀort, hoping to give future research greater focus and to improve the quality of its ﬁndings. The six issues covered in this chapter are the eﬀect of mode of entry on learning and subsequent organizational performance; the eﬀect of industry characteristics on new ventures’ internationalization; internationalization of service industries; conducting comparative IE...
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