The influence of technology-mediated environments on international business experience for internationalisation: Does international experience matter?

Glavas, Charmaine & Mathews, Shane W. (2015) The influence of technology-mediated environments on international business experience for internationalisation: Does international experience matter? In 19th McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference: International Entrepreneurship in a Multi-Speed Global Economy: Opportunities and Challenges, 27-29 August 2015, Birkbeck University, London.

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Abstract

This paper examines the role and importance of international business experience for firms operating in technologically-mediated environments. Although the key success factors of international expansion have been subject to extensive research in the international business literature, the analysis of technology-mediated environments on international business experience remains limited. This finding is unexpected given that the Internet and the technologies that have enabled it have profoundly transformed the ways in which international business is conducted. This is especially so for firms in the Australian region where the Internet has allowed business to access the scale of markets they need to grow and operate globally (Google and PWC, 2015). Given that businesses of the future will need to innovate quicker and more effectively in online settings to remain competitive, it seems appropriate that we re-visit the more traditional facets of internationalisation; such as the necessity of international business experience for firm performance. In doing so, the empirical section of this paper focuses on twelve Australian international entrepreneurial firms, who in varying degrees utilise technology to leverage their internationalisation activities. The findings suggest that international entrepreneurs with lower levels of international business experience still achieve international performance outcomes. The findings indicate that firms are recognising that the ability to adapt and evolve quickly in technologically-advanced settings is imperative. The findings also suggest that international entrepreneurs are relying less on traditional facets of international business experience, and are learning in self-taught or autodidactic ways. This is because businesses in the current global climate are now operating in complex and highly dynamic environments, characterised by rapid change; thus, the findings suggest that international business experience is becoming less important due to the evolving nature of international business environments.

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ID Code: 85095
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: International Entrepreneurship, International Business Experience, Technology-mediated Environments
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
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Deposited On: 21 Oct 2015 23:55
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 01:31

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