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Effects of Age at Entry, Knowledge Intensity, and Imitability on International Growth

Erkko Autio, Harry J. Sapienza and James G. Almeida
The Academy of Management Journal
Vol. 43, No. 5 (Oct., 2000), pp. 909-924
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1556419
Page Count: 16
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Effects of Age at Entry, Knowledge Intensity, and Imitability on International Growth
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Abstract

We employed knowledge-based theory to shed light on international growth in entrepreneurial firms. We found earlier initiation of internationalization and greater knowledge intensity to be associated with faster international growth. However, contrary to expectations, firms with more imitable technologies also grew faster. The former results suggest that early pursuit of international opportunity induces greater entrepreneurial behavior and confers a growth advantage, whereas the latter call into question current views of the role of imitability in international growth.

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