International entrepreneurship in emerging economies: the role of social capital, knowledge development and entrepreneurial actions
by Vincenzo Pisano, R. Duane Ireland, Michael A. Hitt, Justin W. Webb
International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), Vol. 38, No. 1/2, 2007

Abstract: Increasingly, emerging economies are surfacing value-creating entrepreneurial opportunities for firms committed to entrepreneurship as a path to firm growth. However, these opportunities are recognised and exploited only when the firm entrepreneurially manages its resources. Herein, we adopt a contextual approach and integrate resource-based theory, organisational learning theory, social capital theory and strategic entrepreneurship in order to present a theoretical analysis of the means firms employ to create and exploit competitive advantages in emerging economies. We emphasise strategic alliances as the most suitable entry mode for a foreign firm to use to enter an emerging economy successfully. In addition, we use social capital theory to describe the actions the partners of an alliance (a foreign firm and a local emerging economy firm) take to develop a mutually beneficial cooperative relationship and to establish an effective, continuous learning process.

Online publication date: Tue, 13-Feb-2007

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