Exploring the Role of Experiential Knowledge in the Internationalization Process

18 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2008

See all articles by Christoph Lütke Schelhowe

Christoph Lütke Schelhowe

University of Bremen, Department of Business Studies and Economics

Jörg Freiling

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics

Date Written: 04/22/2008

Abstract

The role of experiential knowledge in the internationalization process is still a matter of dispute in international business research. The idea of this resource-based paper is to use organizational learning and entrepreneurship theory to better understand underlying learning processes and their effect on organizational performance. The paper shows that experiential knowledge may play an ambiguous role in the organizational context: it is a major source of competence but also leads to organizational inertia due to path-dependencies, which are inherent in learning processes. The 'international entrepreneurial orientation' appears to be the deciding context factor whether experiential knowledge has a positive or negative effect on the internationalization process. Eight dimensions of this construct are theoretically deduced. All constructs and their interlinking effects are finally presented in a cohesive model.

Keywords: Resource-based theory, experiential knowledge, organizational learning, international entrepreneurial orientation, internationalization process

JEL Classification: F23, L21, M10

Suggested Citation

Lütke Schelhowe, Christoph and Freiling, Jörg, Exploring the Role of Experiential Knowledge in the Internationalization Process (04/22/2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1124094 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1124094

Christoph Lütke Schelhowe

University of Bremen, Department of Business Studies and Economics ( email )

Wilhelm-Herbst-Str. 5
D-28359 Bremen
Germany

Jörg Freiling (Contact Author)

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics ( email )

Wilhelm-Herbst-Str. 5
Bremen, D-28359
Germany
++49 421 218 66870 (Phone)
++49 421 218 66902 (Fax)

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