How Psychic Distance and Opportunity Perceptions Affect Entrepreneurial Firm Internationalization

Bhowmick, Sanjay (2019) How Psychic Distance and Opportunity Perceptions Affect Entrepreneurial Firm Internationalization. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences / Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l'Administration, 36 (1). pp. 97-112. ISSN 1936-4490

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Psychic distance, now established as an individual perceptual construct, is so far a partial explanation of internationalization processes of entrepreneurial firms. Opportunity in foreign markets, although considered important, has hitherto been an assumption rather than explored as an explanatory factor in internationalization theories. Through qualitative data from technology entrepreneurs from New Zealand this study considers opportunity, like psychic distance, as an individual perceptual construct and posits that a combination of opportunity and psychic distance perceptions better explains entrepreneurial internationalization action/intention decisions. The explicit combination proposed is “opportunity-distance quotient” and signifies a shift from psychic distance obstacles based explanations to an opportunity-psychic distance interaction based exploration of entrepreneurial internationalization. Limitations of the study and further research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychic distance, Opportunity, Internationalization, Opportunity-distance quotient (ODQ), International entrepreneurship, Cultural distance
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
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Depositing User: Sanjay Bhowmick
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 14:12
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 22:00

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