Global start-ups profile: One size fits all?

Marilyn L. Taylor, Sukanlaya Sawang, Xiaohua Yang, Diaswati Mardiasmo, Theresa L. Coates

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Our research aims to answer the research questions ``How do we commonly describe the global start-ups profile as evidenced in prior inductive research?'' and ``Does this global start-ups profile can effectively explain phenomena in Australian global start-up firms?'' We systematically review 29 global start-ups (144 firms) qualitative articles to understand descriptive definitions of global-startup firms. We then triangulate this finding with an Australian high-tech firm. Our contribution is to form a descriptive profile of global start-up phenomenon and raise interesting issues that have potentially fruitful findings for both research and practice. This profile might well be just a deviant from the traditional model that describes how firms establish their footprints, first in their domestic markets followed by moves into cross-border activities. Regardless, government agencies, consultants, and entrepreneurs need to understand the phenomenon. Thus we anticipate that this phenomenon will continue to provide interesting issues for pursuit, both by researchers as well as the practitioner community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business
Subtitle of host publicationLocal Contexts in Global Business
EditorsKlaus Meyer, Tunga Kiyak
Place of PublicationVancouver
PublisherAcademy of International Business
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)2078-0435
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business: Local Contexts in Global Business - Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 24 Jun 201426 Jun 2014
Conference number: 56


Conference56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business
Abbreviated titleAIB
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  • Global start-ups
  • Firm behaviors
  • Profiling
  • Australia


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