Toward a Theory of International New Ventures

Published on Mar 1, 1994in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
· DOI :10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400128
Benjamin M. Oviatt18
Estimated H-index: 18
(GSU: Georgia State University),
Patricia P. McDougall33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Georgia Institute of Technology)
Organizations that are international from inception – international new ventures – form an increasingly important phenomenon that is incongruent with traditionally expected characteristics of multinational enterprises. A framework is presented that explains the phenomenon by integrating international business, entrepreneurship, and strategic management theory. That framework describes four necessary and sufficient elements for the existence of international new ventures: (1) organizational formation through internalization of some transactions, (2) strong reliance on alternative governance structures to access resources, (3) establishment of foreign location advantages, and (4) control over unique resources.
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