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Emerging Paradigms in International Entrepreneurship

Edited by Marian V. Jones and Pavlos Dimitratos

Emerging Paradigms in International Entrepreneurship identifies key themes that collectively demonstrate the convergence of thinking at the interface between the disciplines of international business and entrepreneurship. These are: development of the field and the effects of international entrepreneurship on a new economy; conceptual and paradigmatic developments; international entrepreneurship and the internet as a developing research agenda; contacts links and networks as process driven internationalisation; cross-sectoral, cross-national and cross-cultural comparisons of entrepreneurship; and the experiential emphasis in entrepreneurial internationalisation.
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Emerging Paradigms in International Entrepreneurship: A Synopsis

Marian V. Jones and Pavlos Dimitratos


Marian V. Jones and Pavlos Dimitratos INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIELD AND THE EFFECTS OF A NEW ECONOMY International entrepreneurship as a field of study is not necessarily confined to the internationalization phenomenon, and several authors have advanced definitions that suggest a field of study with significant scope for development and the establishment of parameters that are as yet undetermined. Wright and Ricks (1994) suggested that international entrepreneurship represents a new thrust for international business research concerned with the ability of small firms to become internationally competitive, a process derived from the relationship between the firm and the environment in which it operates. More recently McDougall and Oviatt (2000, p. 903) defined international entrepreneurship as ‘a combination of innovative, proactive and risk-seeking behavior that crosses national borders and in so doing is intended to create value in organizations’. Emphasis here is on firm-level behaviour that creates value, crosses national borders, and in so doing extends internationalization research towards theories of entrepreneurship and the role and characteristics of the entrepreneur. Zahra and George (2002) see international entrepreneurship as ‘the process of creatively discovering and exploiting opportunities that lie outside a firm’s domestic markets in pursuit of competitive advantage’, which suggests an outward process from a domestic base encompassing creativity, innovation and opportunity recognition. Each of these definitions identifies cross-border or international entrepreneurial activity as its central focus and thus implicitly positions international entrepreneurship as an extension or development of internationalization as its main antecedent...

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