The newly internationalizing firm and its capabilities

Weerawardena, Jay, Sullivan Mort, Gillian, Liesch, Peter, Knight, Gary, & Salunke, Sandeep (2012) The newly internationalizing firm and its capabilities. In Rammal, Hussain (Ed.) Fusion or Fracturing? Implications for International Business: Proceedings of the ANZIBA Annual Conference 2012, ANZIBA, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.


In this paper we investigate the enablers of early internationalization of the firm. We posit that for firms to internationalize early in their lifecycles, sets of capabilities must be present at the firm’s formative stage and that these capabilities build upon routines that the founders bring into the new firm. These capabilities align to establish a platform for internationalization unencumbered by the administrative heritage often observed in well-established firms that constrains expansion overseas. We model this phenomenon, testing it in an Australian sample of early internationalizing firms. To do so, we draw upon a dynamic capabilities framing, conceptualizing and measuring the dynamic capabilities that founders apply in their early internationalization activities.

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ID Code: 68036
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Early Internationalization, Dynamic Capabilities, Innovation, Learning, Networks, Marketing
ISBN: 9780980789928
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > International Business (150308)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2014 00:14
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2014 21:17

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