New IE Articles — December 22

International Business Review – Volume 32, Issue 1, DOI:

Dynamic managerial capability portfolios in early internationalising firms

Anna Vuorio, Lasse Torkkeli

It is acknowledged that dynamic capabilities can underlie internationalisation of firms, yet extant research has tended to examine the role of capabilities in international entrepreneurship in separate studies, neglecting that international enterprises tend to develop different bundles or portfolios of capabilities that may have differing impacts on their internationalisation. Applying the concept of dynamic managerial capabilities, this study illustrates how different capability portfolios of entrepreneurial decision-making and network capabilities explain early internationalisation of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Employing a machine learning method through artificial neural network (ANN) analysis, the findings show how early internationalisation is predicted by a portfolio of different dynamic managerial capabilities. This study thus contributes to the international entrepreneurship literature by outlining the capability portfolios necessary for early internationalisation and proposing a taxonomy for capability portfolios for early and late internationalising firms, by clarifying the role of dynamic managerial capabilities in early and successful entrepreneurial internationalisation and by introducing the ANN methodology as a useful tool in the research corpus of the international entrepreneurship domain.

Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice – Volume 46, Issue 2, DOI:

The Changing Role of Social Capital During the Venture Creation Process: A Multilevel Study

Kleinhempel, J., Beugelsdijk, S., & Klasing, M. J. 

We assess how social capital relates to individuals’ initial interest in becoming an entrepreneur, formally setting up a venture, and subsequent survival of the venture. Conceptualizing and measuring entrepreneurship as a sequential process inferred from cross-sectional data for 22,878 individuals living in 110 regions across 22 European countries, we find that regional social capital is relevant for formally setting up a venture, but it is not associated with initial interest, nor with venture survival after establishment. By assuming variability and not uniformity in how social capital relates to entrepreneurship, we gain a better understanding of the contextual determinants of the venture creation process.

Entrepreneurship & Regional Development – Volume 35, Issue 1-2, pg. 103-128, DOI:

The ego-networks of female international entrepreneurs: A mixed-methods study

Gitte Ohrt Rosenbaum 

Recent studies have attested to both the gradual rise in the numbers of female entrepreneurs operating in foreign markets and an important enabling role of networks in the internationalization process. However, despite these developments, the actual characteristics of female international entrepreneurial networks and how these different constituent properties have been leveraged as part of the internationalization process is less well understood. This article contributes to this gap in knowledge by decomposing the networks of female international entrepreneurs into structural and relational components using ego-network analysis, prior to examining how these different components were instrumental in facilitating international expansion. Our study involves eight female international entrepreneurs in the fashion industry from Denmark. Findings from this mixed-methods study show that female international entrepreneurs typically have small, dense, and homogeneous network structures, with strong ties, reciprocity, and trust. Furthermore, intra-industry contacts were mobilized considerably more that affective networks, while many network ties were not leveraged to expand internationally.

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business –Volume 47, Issue 4.

Special Issue on: Entrepreneurial Internationalisation in, from and to Africa

Guest-edited by Profs. Maria Elo, Philippe Rudaz and Elie Chrysostome, the Special Issue contains four interesting articles along with an editorial. The table of contents and abstracts can be found here.