A4 Conference proceedings

Legitimation for Early and Rapid Internationalization: A Review of Research in International Entrepreneurship

Publication Details
Authors: Laine Igor, Kuivalainen Olli, Marinova Svetla, Turcan Romeo
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Title of parent publication: The 22nd McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference
JUFO-Level of this publication: 0
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


In this paper, we respond to Cavusgil and Knight’s call for future research to address the question of born global firms overcome inherent liabilities to achieve legitimacy in foreign markets. To contribute to this call, we have systematically reviewed the extant international entrepreneurship literature. By analyzing existing evidence on building organizational legitimacy by early and rapidly internationalizing firms, our review helps to understand reasons and underlying mechanisms of successful legitimation of early and rapid internationalization thus ultimately explaining the existence of these firms. By constructing a repository of extant research on legitimacy in early and rapidly internationalizing firms which can serve a basis for adjustment and generation of models and theories, our study provides a utility to facilitate further research and theorizing in international entrepreneurship.

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