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 14: Entrepreneurial Capabilities: A Resource-based Systemic Approach to International Entrepreneurship

Jean-Jacques Obrecht


14 Entrepreneurial capabilities: a resourcebased systemic approach to international entrepreneurship Jean-Jacques Obrecht Entrepreneurship is expected to be the fuel of economic development throughout the world. However the grounds for this tribute are contingent. In the parts of the world at the forefront of globalization, the worship of entrepreneurship is linked to the issue of competitiveness which underpins the survival and growth of business firms everywhere. In other significant parts, entrepreneurship development is taken for a necessity to overcome poverty. Here and there entrepreneurs’ malfeasance stirs up questions on entrepreneurial captalism with a more or less explicit consideration of ethics. This chapter seeks to address these interconnected issues. A fresh approach to entrepreneurship is also called for, especially if it has to fit to an international context. After the celebration of the entrepreneurial traits, researchers now emphasize the entrepreneurial process. The latter is viewed in exclusive concert with the market process while overlapping with conventional strategic thought. Insofar as the entrepreneurial process is bound with the competitive behaviours that drive the market process, and to the extent that the core of strategy is winning a marketbased competitive advantage, the tuning between entrepreneurial process and market process is perfect. As shown in a multitude of diagrams, the business global environment is set apart precisely because, in mainstream thinking on entrepreneurship, the basic entrepreneurial logic is marketoriented. The approach of this chapter takes its inspiration from resource-based strategic thinking. It views the entrepreneur as a holder of capabilities, with a special concern...

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