Orientation, Environment and Strategy
The McGill International Entrepreneurship series
This book is the third volume in Elgar’s McGill International Entrepreneurship Series. The series is dedicated to advancing knowledge in the emerging field of International Entrepreneurship. McGill International Entrepreneurship (MIE) initiatives started in the late 1990s. In its inaugural international conference in September 1998, it brought together leading scholars from the fields of international business and entrepreneurship to stimulate interaction between entrepreneurship and international business fields. The natural, gradual and interactive process that enriches a field with the heritage, accumulated knowledge stock and knowledge creation and diffusion principles and processes of another field, that is, the process by which a field evolves by becoming increasingly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, has not been foreign to either of the two fields. However the rapid globalization of the environment, liberalization of trade and investments and rapid advances in technology in the latter parts of the 20th century have accelerated the actual process of infusion of the two fields, as well as others, and accentuated the rather critical need to formalize the emerging interdisciplinary field. The MIE initiative proved to be highly responsive to that need by providing flexible instruments for its scholarly expression. This volume is one of the manifestations of that expression. I have met the scholars who have contributed to this volume, and other volumes in Elgar’s MIE series, at the First and Second Biennial McGill Conferences on International Entrepreneurship in September 1998 and 2000 at McGill, in Montreal, followed by the 2001 conference at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow. We...