How international entrepreneurship characteristics influence Internet capabilities for the international business processes of the firm

Glavas, Charmaine & Mathews, Shane (2014) How international entrepreneurship characteristics influence Internet capabilities for the international business processes of the firm. International Business Review, 23(1), pp. 228-245.

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This research explores the relationship between international entrepreneurship characteristics and the use of Internet capabilities for the international business processes of the firm. It has been suggested, that the accumulation of a firms Internet capability can assist international operations, especially when operating in fast changing dynamic Internet environments. However, international entrepreneurship characteristics which are seen as a precursor to leveraging Internet capabilities are still vague. Given this finding, eight case studies of small and medium sized travel and tourism firms were selected to investigate the influence of international entrepreneurship characteristics, and Internet capabilities for international business processes. Based on the eight in-depth case studies, the results signify that successful international entrepreneurial firms which encompass high levels of international innovativeness and proactiveness behaviour integrate Internet capabilities to a greater degree. Our findings also indicate that the prior international business experience, international risk-taking propensity and international networking characteristics are not necessarily precursors to successful integration of Internet capabilities for international business processes. On the contrary, international business experience and international networks actually lead to a reliance on traditional mechanisms of internationalisation and can dilute the development of Internet capabilities for international business processes.

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ID Code: 65386
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Internet capabilities, International entrepreneurship characteristics, International entrepreneurship, International business, SMEs
DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2013.04.001
ISSN: 0969-5931
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > International Business (150308)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Business Review. 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 International Business Review, [Volume 23, Issue 1, (February 2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2013.04.001
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2013 23:53
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2015 08:25

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