Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Mika Gabrielsson and V. H. Manek Kirpalani
Chapter 13: Born Globals: Trends in Developing Intellectual Entrepreneur Founders/Managers, and in Other Research Areas
13 Born globals: trends in developing intellectual entrepreneur founders/ managers, and in other research areas V.H. Manek Kirpalani and Mika Gabrielsson INTRODUCTION Born globals (BGs) are a group of companies that promise to grow rapidly. Moreover, the successful ones are likely to become very large. The favorable impact of this on the country of origin is twofold: first is the direct and immediate economic impact through more employment; second, there will be an enhanced impact on productivity on account of the greater intellectual effect on the society skill-set through the dissemination of product creativity, and the experience of going global successfully. Therefore, it is in the self-interest of society to develop more ‘global intellectual entrepreneurs’ who can found and lead BGs or BG group-related firms and who can produce products and services through use of the internet which drives the growth of technological knowledge. Furthermore, these budding entrepreneurs must be capable of commercializing their skills and globalizing/internationalizing their activities. The new information highway, the internet, is driving this technological revolution and rapid globalization. A characteristic of the revolution is the emphasis on knowledge for competitive advantage. An informationand communications-rich organizational environment is emerging. The widespread diffusion of technology is unstoppable. In such conditions, intellectual entrepreneurship arising from use of the internet has much to do. BG founders and/or leaders must learn how to take advantage of technological advances to globalize rapidly. BGs must be capable of more innovativeness than domestic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) because of the foreign markets...