International Entrepreneurship and Capability Development-Qualitative Evidence and Future Research Directions

27 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2011

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Erkko Autio

Imperial College Business School; Tilburg University School of Economics and Management

Gerard George

Singapore Management University

Oliver Alexy

Technische Universität München (TUM), TUM School of Management

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Abstract

In this article, we explore how new capabilities emerge and solidify in new ventures that are faced with fundamental uncertainty from their environment. To do so, we draw from the organizational and entrepreneurial literature on cognition and capabilities. Using initial qualitative evidence from a multifirm study in the context of new venture internationalization, we develop a cognition-based model of capability emergence in new ventures. Our findings extend the capability development and learning implications of internationalization to the fundamental character of organizing processes in start-ups. Moreover, we derive avenues for future entrepreneurship research on the origins and evolution of capabilities in new ventures.

Suggested Citation

Autio, Erkko and George, Gerard and Alexy, Oliver, International Entrepreneurship and Capability Development-Qualitative Evidence and Future Research Directions. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 11-37, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1784100 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6520.2010.00421.x

Erkko Autio

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Gerard George

Singapore Management University ( email )

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Oliver Alexy

Technische Universität München (TUM), TUM School of Management ( email )

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