Leveraging networks, capabilities and opportunities for international success: A study on returnee entrepreneurial ventures

Wensong Bai, Christine Holmström-Lind, Martin Johanson

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Abstract

By integrating social capital theory with a capability-based view on performance, this paper aims to examine the extent to which returnee entrepreneurial ventures (REVs) gain international performance advantages from the founding entrepreneurs’ experience with international networks. Using data on 200 Chinese REVs, the paper proposes and tests a structural model with a focus on the link between individual entrepreneurs and the subsequent development of firm capabilities. The results provide evidence that it is important that the returnee entrepreneurs have an international social network for the REV to develop an international network capability, which, in turn, mediates the effects on opportunity knowledge and the international performance of the REVs. The findings highlight the concurrent effect of the role of entrepreneurs and organizational learning in internationalization, and they provide an understanding as to the importance of the returnee-specific advantages for the international performance of these firms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-62
Number of pages12
JournalScandinavian Journal of Management
Volume34
Issue number1
Early online date4 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

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