Title

International Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Internal and External Knowledge Sources

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Publication Title

Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

First Page

297

Last Page

320

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sej.76

Abstract

International knowledge is a key intangible resource for international entrepreneurship. Yet, given the liabilities of newness and foreignness, how do new ventures obtain international knowledge? In this study, we draw on the knowledge-based view to investigate both internal and external sources of international knowledge for 206 new ventures. The findings suggest international knowledge may be sourced externally, including from alliance partners, venture capital firms, and firms in close proximity. Interestingly, and contrary to absorptive capacity arguments, new ventures with limited internationally experienced top management teams benefited most from external international knowledge sources.

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