International entrepreneurship research (1989-2009): a domain ontology and thematic analysis

Jones, M.V., Coviello, N. and Tang, Y. (2011) International entrepreneurship research (1989-2009): a domain ontology and thematic analysis. Journal of Business Venturing, 26(6), pp. 632-659. (doi: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2011.04.001)

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This article explores the domain of international entrepreneurship (IE) research by thematically mapping and assessing the intellectual territory of the field. Extant reviews show that the body of IE knowledge is growing, and while notable contributions towards theoretical and methodological integration are evident, the field is described as phenomenally based, potentially fragmented and suffering from theoretical paucity. Premising that IE is positioned at the nexus of internationalization and entrepreneurship where entrepreneurial behavior involves cross-border business activity, or is compared across countries, we identify 323 relevant journal articles published in the period 1989–2009. We inventory the domain of IE to provide a relevant and comprehensive organization of its research. This involves examining the subject matter of IE research, and inductively synthesizing and categorizing it into major themes and sub-themes. In so doing, we offer a reliable, ontologically constructed and practically useful resource. From this base, we discuss the phenomena, issues, inconsistencies and interim debates on which new theory in IE may be built and research may be conducted. We conclude that IE has several coherent thematic areas and is rich in potential for future research and theory development.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tang, Dr Yee Kwan and Jones, Professor Marian
Authors: Jones, M.V., Coviello, N., and Tang, Y.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Journal of Business Venturing
ISSN (Online):1873-2003
Published Online:31 May 2011

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