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Title: International Digital Competence
Authors: Cahen, Fernanda
Issue Date: 8-Jul-2019
Abstract: This article evaluates which specific capabilities of afirm enable its internationalization process,with an emphasis on companies with exclusively digital products. The results provide an op-portunity to examine the strength of earlierfindings in International Entrepreneurship (IE) re-search, which has largely addressed high-tech ventures that export physical products. We reveal aset of intangible capabilities that are especially relevant to digital companies and their inter-nationalization process, without foreign direct investment (FDI) or with limited outward assetscharacterized by non-equity entry modes. Using an inductive, multiple-case study methodology,we develop a new construct that we term‘international digital competence’(IDC). IDC consists offour capabilities critical to these companies: cross-cultural programming skills, global virtualnetworks, cross-border digital monetizing adaptability, and international business model re-configuration. The possession of IDC enables digital companies to expand internationally throughan online presence. Therefore, we propose that international online expansion can increase thelikelihood of a digital company performing outward assets via non-equity entry modes. We alsoconceived that the digital company's strategy to achieve non-equity investments is moderated byits entrepreneur's international orientation.
Keywords: Digital companies
International digital competence
Journal: Journal of International Management
ISSN: 1075-4253
Citation: Cahen, Fernanda; BORINI, FELIPE MENDES. International digital competence. Journal of International Management, v. 26, n. 1, p. 100691, 2019.
Access Type: Acesso Restrito
DOI: 10.1016/j.intman.2019.100691
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