Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship
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Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship

Edited by Léo-Paul Dana

This unique reference book provides an array of diverse perspectives on international entrepreneurship, a new and emerging field of research that blends concepts and methodologies from more traditional social sciences. The Handbook includes chapters written by top researchers of economics and sociology, as well as academic leaders in the fields of entrepreneurship and international business. State-of-the-art contributions provide up-to-date literature reviews, making this book essential for the researcher of entrepreneurship and the internationalisation of entrepreneurs.
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Chapter 31: Swedish Perspectives of International Entrepreneurship

Anders Blomstermo, Kent Eriksson and D. Deo Sharma


Anders Blomstermo, Kent Eriksson and D. Deo Sharma The internationalization process research (Welch and Wiedersheim-Paul, 1980a,b), as well as research in business strategy (Porter, 1985) have acknowledged the importance of domestic operations for the international operations of firms. It is concluded that firms start operations in domestic markets, and, thereafter, enter international markets. Porter’s (1980) framework ‘five forces’, ‘generic strategies’ and ‘value chain’ have their roots in the domestic market of the firm. He argues that the firms should implement its strategy by managing well in the domestic market. Superior performance can result from competitive advantage of a firm being perceived as having a focus on one particular market segment. Research on born globals, on the other hand, questions the impact of domestic experience on international operations (McDougall et al., 1994; Knight and Cavusgil, 1996). To the best of our knowledge, the effects of domestic operations on learning and knowledge accumulation in the internationalization process of firms is controversial and remains largely uninvestigated. We investigate the effects of the duration of domestic operations on the accumulation of knowledge in internationalizing firms. This is important since firms often start their operations in the domestic market. An important research issue is how the duration of domestic operations influences the accumulation of knowledge in firms. Internationalization process studies that use a behavioural approach emphasize the importance of knowledge and learning in the internationalization of firms. Based on the work by Aharoni (1966), Cyert and March (1963) and Penrose (1959)...

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