The performance of international returnee ventures: the role of networking capability and the usefulness of international business knowledge

Wensong Bai, Christine Holmström Lind, Martin Johanson

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Abstract

This paper sheds light on the international new ventures led by returnee entrepreneurs and investigates the influence of networking capability and the usefulness of international knowledge for the overall performance of so-called international returnee ventures (IRVs). By integrating network theory with a capability view of firm performance, it advances six hypotheses that form a structural model, which is tested with LISREL on a sample of 194 IRVs from China. The findings show that international networking capability has a positive influence on the provision of international business knowledge, which in turn is positively related to the innovation performance, but they have a negative impact on the financial performance. Hence, this study presents a discussion of the usefulness of knowledge gained from the international network relationships of emerging market returnee entrepreneurs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-680
Number of pages24
JournalEntrepreneurship and Regional Development
Volume28
Issue number9-10
Early online date23 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

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