Entrepreneurial growth : the role of international knowledge acquisition as moderated by firm age

Naldi, Lucia & Davidsson, Per (2014) Entrepreneurial growth : the role of international knowledge acquisition as moderated by firm age. Journal of Business Venturing, 29(5), pp. 687-703.

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In line with repeated recent calls for research on specific forms of growth rather than on an undifferentiated notion of “total growth,” our study contributes to the understanding of entrepreneurial growth. By this we mean growth through expansion into new geographic markets and/or via the introduction of new products or services. Building on Penrose's theory of the growth of the firm and on the research streams she has in part inspired, we investigate the impact of knowledge acquisition from international markets on entrepreneurial growth both at home and abroad. We further suggest that the effects of international knowledge acquisition on entrepreneurial growth will vary with firm age. Utilizing longitudinal data on 138 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), we find that the acquisition of knowledge from international markets fuels growth through market development, and that this effect is stronger for international expansion than domestic expansion. Our results also show that firm age negatively moderates the relationship between international knowledge acquisition and entrepreneurial growth via the introduction of new products or services. Specifically, international knowledge acquisition has a positive effect on growth via new products/services development in young firms, but a negative effect in mature firms. We assume this reflects changes over time in how international knowledge is managed.

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ID Code: 63043
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Entrepreneurial Growth, International Knowledge Acquisition, Firm Age, Entrepreneurship
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2013.08.003
ISSN: 0883-9026
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Business Venturing. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Business Venturing, Volume 29, Issue 5, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2013.08.003
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2013 22:28
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2015 21:49

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