Where do international opportunities come from and where does literature go?

Authors

  • Rennaly Alves da Silva Department of Applied Social Sciences, Federal University of Paraíba, CCHSA/UFPB, Bananeiras, PB, Brazil Department of Administrative Sciences, Federal University of Pernambuco, UFPE, Recife, PE https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5911-7321
  • Marcos André Mendes Primo Department of Administrative Sciences, Federal University of Pernambuco, UFPE, Recife, PE https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8126-9252

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14211/regepe.v10i1.1826

Keywords:

Identification of International Opportunity, International Entrepreneurship, Matrix of International Opportunity

Abstract

Purpose/Objective: This article aims to conduct a bibliometric study in order to analyze how the literature on international opportunities has addressed the issues surrounding its identification and origin. Method: A matrix was elaborated considering two fundamental aspects in the discussions on the theme: (1) how international opportunities are identified: created or discovered; and (2) the origin of the international opportunity: internal or external. Then, a bibliometric study was carried out, with an adaptation of the steps proposed by Ellegaard and Wallin (2015). The selected articles were classified in the proposed matrix. Originality/Relevance: This article innovates by developing an analytical tool that allows, through bibliometric study, the perception of how the literature on international opportunities has focused on some aspects and neglected others that could be complementary in the analysis, providing a more comprehensive understanding of the phenomena and closer to reality. Results: The literature has focused on opportunities discovered by an internal source of the company, such as the ability of managers to identify international opportunities; and neglected the opportunities created, mainly by an internal source, such as in processes of effectuation. Theoretical/methodological contributions: The contributions of this study reside, therefore, in the development of a matrix that represents, in a simple and objective way, the core of the discussions in the area, which involves origin and identification of international opportunities. In addition, the bibliometric study indicates the paths that have been taken by scholars in the area, as well as allowing to discuss potential themes for future studies.

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Author Biographies

Rennaly Alves da Silva, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Federal University of Paraíba, CCHSA/UFPB, Bananeiras, PB, Brazil Department of Administrative Sciences, Federal University of Pernambuco, UFPE, Recife, PE

Rennaly Alves da Silva is a professor at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Bananeiras, PB, Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). His research interests are International Business and Business Strategies.

Marcos André Mendes Primo, Department of Administrative Sciences, Federal University of Pernambuco, UFPE, Recife, PE

Marcos André Mendes Primo is a professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE, Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University (ASU), USA. His research interests are innovation and entrepreneurship in technological hubs, Capabilities in Supply Chains and Shipbuilding.

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2020-12-25

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Silva, R. A. da, & Primo, M. A. M. (2020). Where do international opportunities come from and where does literature go?. Iberoamerican Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 10(1), e1826. https://doi.org/10.14211/regepe.v10i1.1826

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