Beyond Categorization: New Directions for Theory Development About Entrepreneurial Internationalization

12 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2018

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A. Reuber

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Olli Kuivalainen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 2017

Abstract

Categorizations emphasizing the earliness of internationalization have long been a cornerstone of international entrepreneurship research. Here we contend that the prominence of categories has not been commensurate with theory development associated with them. We draw on categorization theory to explain why earliness-based categories are persistent, and argue that a greater focus on notions related to opportunity can open new avenues of research about the entrepreneurial internationalization of business. We propose and discuss three directions for opportunity-based research on entrepreneurial internationalization, involving context, dynamics and variety.

Keywords: internationalization theories foreign market entry, context analysis, business dynamics, categorization theory, international new venture, born global, opportunity

Suggested Citation

Reuber, A. and Kuivalainen, Olli, Beyond Categorization: New Directions for Theory Development About Entrepreneurial Internationalization (March 2017). Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 48, Issue 4, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3160765 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41267-017-0070-3

A. Reuber (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

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Olli Kuivalainen

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