Born Global or Born Regional? Evidence from an Exploratory Study in the Costa Rican Software Industry

Published on Sep 1, 2009in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
· DOI :10.1057/jibs.2008.69
Luis López7
Estimated H-index: 7
(INCAE Business School),
Sumit K. Kundu23
Estimated H-index: 23
(College of Business Administration),
Luciano Ciravegna13
Estimated H-index: 13
(INCAE Business School)
This paper provides empirical evidence about born-global firms in the software industry of a small developing country with an open economy: Costa Rica. The paper is based on data collected through interviews with CEOs or founders of 40 Costa Rican software companies. Findings show that there are few born-global firms among Costa Rican software providers. We find that most companies followed a gradual approach to internationalization, and they did not export immediately upon birth. A careful analysis of firms that exported soon after they were born reveals that most firms are actually “born regional.”
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