We examine the impact of interorganizational imitation on new venture international entry and subsequent performance. Using a sample of 150 U.S.-based publicly held new ventures, we find that new venture international entry is in part an imitative response to the internationalization of other firms in the venture's home country industry and/or subsets of firms with certain traits or outcomes. We also find that interorganizational imitation moderates the relationship between new venture international entry and profitability, but not the relationship between new venture international entry and sales growth. These findings contribute to the growing body of literature on new venture internationalization.
Fernhaber, Stephanie A. and Li, Dan, "The Impact of Interorganizational Imitation on New Venture International Entry and Performance" (2010). Scholarship and Professional Work - Business. Paper 90.