Elgar original reference
Edited by Mika Gabrielsson and V. H. Manek Kirpalani
The Handbook of Research on Born Globals is the result of a book project undertaken by Mika Gabrielsson and V.H. Manek Kirpalani after discussion with Ben Booth of Edward Elgar. All three of us recognized that the born global research field had reached a growth point where definitions, parameters, and more theory needed to be developed for the field to expand. Researchers, practitioners, and policy makers were increasingly showing keen interest in such expansion. Also Mika and Manek had been working and publishing articles in this field for about a decade, and were widely known for their work. This Handbook offers a very good coverage of the origin and evolution of born globals (BGs) and the changing history of this sector. It then discusses the various research areas still to be investigated in this field; looks at the training involved in developing international intellectual entrepreneurs who can found and/or manage BGs; studies the effects of different cultures on the origin and growth of BGs; and outlines the strategies BGs can adopt individually or as part of MNC networks. The text focuses on the different types of BGs that emerge from the general set of SMEs: ranging from the pure BG to born-again globals, born regionals and their subgroup of born-again regionals. It also differentiates these from internationalizing SMEs and international new ventures. The text also analyses the growth paths of BGs as affected by different factors. These factors include the interactions of entrepreneurship and internationalization growth, aspects of knowledge accumulation,...