Born Globals, Networks, and the Large Multinational Enterprise: Insights from Bangalore and Beyond

Shameen Prashantham (Participant Author)

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Focusing on international entrepreneurship, this research book explores the accelerated internationalization of young firms. Known variously as international new ventures (INVs) or "born globals," such firms have come to be viewed as legitimate actors on the global stage alongside large multinational enterprises (MNEs). However, the current approach taken by scholars – studying large MNEs and born globals separately – is questionable. This book explores the crucial MNE/INV interface – a fascinating, yet under-researched relationship in international entrepreneurship. Drawing upon a decade of case-based research, the author argues that the MNE influence on born globals must be considered more carefully and suggests how new ventures can leverage MNE networks in the pursuit of their rapid internationalization. Furthermore, it demonstrates that, as firms enhance their levels of innovation, new pathways emerge via multinational corporation networks, a phenomenon vividly demonstrated in the emerging economy context of the Bangalore software industry. This innovative research text will be of interest to academics, researchers, and advanced students with an interest in international entrepreneurship and business, strategy, innovation, and new ventures.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages184
ISBN (Print)9781138787797
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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NameRoutledge Studies in International Business and the World Economy

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Author information

Shameen Prashantham is Associate Professor in International Business and Strategy at China Europe International Business School. His research interests include new venture internationalization, in particular how this is influenced by large multinational enterprises’ networks, and strategy-making. He co-edited The Routledge Companion to International Entrepreneurship.

Table of contents

Foreword (Peter J. Buckley) Preface Part I: Conceptual Underpinnings 1: Networks and New Venture Internationalization 2: MNE Networks: A blindspot in INV eesearch 3: MNE Networks and New Venture Internationalization Part II: Exploratory Insights 4: Rising Innovation and Emergent MNE-INV Engagement 5: MNE Ties: Geography-spanning social capital for INVs 6: Internationalization Capability Learning Via MNE Ties 7: Realizing Internationalization Outcomes via MNE Ties Part III: Implications and Directions 8: Implications for Research 9: Implications for Policy 10: Implications for Practice Appendix: Teaching Case


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