Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 45–64 | Cite as

Toward a Theory of International New ventures

  • Benjamin M. Oviatt
  • Patricia Phillips McDougall


The formation of organizations that are international from inception—international new ventures—is 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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© Academy of International Business 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin M. Oviatt
    • 1
  • Patricia Phillips McDougall
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgia State University
  2. 2.Georgia Institute of Technology

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