Journal of International Entrepreneurship

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 292–322

International entrepreneurial capability: The measurement and a comparison between born global firms and traditional exporters in China


DOI: 10.1007/s10843-009-0042-1

Cite this article as:
Zhang, M., Tansuhaj, P. & McCullough, J. J Int Entrep (2009) 7: 292. doi:10.1007/s10843-009-0042-1


This study presents the development and application of a new measure of international entrepreneurial capability. The data were collected from manufacturing firms in China, both traditional exporters and born global firms. Five key dimensions of international entrepreneurial capability were identified from the capability and entrepreneurship literature. After scale purification and validation, this new measure was used to examine the relationship between international entrepreneurial capability and global market performance. Born global firms are statistically different from traditional firms along three dimensions: international learning capability, international networking capability, and international experience. Implications and future research directions are then provided.


International entrepreneurial capability Born global firms Exporters China Global market performance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementBowling Green State University, College of Business AdministrationBowling GreenUSA
  2. 2.Washington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  3. 3.School of Business and Leadership and George Frederick Jewett Chair in International Business at the University of Puget SoundTacomaUSA

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