In the Need of Speed – The Impact of Organizational Learning on the Competitiveness of Born Transnationals

25 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2012

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Jörg Freiling

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics

Mareike Schmidt

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 22, 2012

Abstract

The globalization process stimulates more and more start‐ups entering international markets at their earliest convenience. Supported by modern IT and logistics systems, this option is available for many ventures that become more and more independent from their country‐of‐origin. For transnational companies, as heterarchical networks without typical internal hub structures and a high degree of responsiveness, this holds particularly true. This is the reason why this paper focuses the ‘born transnational’ type of international entrepreneurship. The question arises how international ventures achieve international competitiveness. This paper argues that the pace and the alignment of processes of external and internal learning are of utmost importance. Knowledge generation, absorption, integration, and company‐wide transfer play a pivotal role in this regard. Insofar, the research question of the paper is: What are the factors that accelerate organizational learning of ‘born transnationals’?

Based on competence‐based theory and a particular model of organizational learning, the paper presents research propositions on the learning process of ‘born transnationals’.

Keywords: Transnational company, Born Transnational, Globalization, Start‐ups, competence based theory of the firm, organizational learning

JEL Classification: F23, L14, L22, L26, M13

Suggested Citation

Freiling, Jörg and Schmidt, Mareike K., In the Need of Speed – The Impact of Organizational Learning on the Competitiveness of Born Transnationals (November 22, 2012). ZenTra Working Paper in Transnational Studies No. 07/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2179596 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2179596

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Mareike K. Schmidt

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