Beyond categorization: new directions for theory development about entrepreneurial internationalization

Reuber, A. R., Dimitratos, P. and Kuivalainen, O. (2017) Beyond categorization: new directions for theory development about entrepreneurial internationalization. Journal of International Business Studies, 48(4), pp. 411-422. (doi:10.1057/s41267-017-0070-3)

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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.

Item Type:Articles (Editorial)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dimitratos, Professor Pavlos
Authors: Reuber, A. R., Dimitratos, P., and Kuivalainen, O.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Journal of International Business Studies
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Online):1478-6990
Published Online:27 March 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Academy of International Business
First Published:First published in Journal of International Business Studies 48(4):411-422
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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