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Home Country Institutional Context and Entrepreneurial Internationalization: The Significance of Human Capital Attributes

Vahid Jafari-Sadeghi (), Jean-Marie Nkongolo-Bakenda, Leo Dana, Robert B. Anderson and Paolo Pietro Biancone
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Vahid Jafari-Sadeghi: Coventry University
Jean-Marie Nkongolo-Bakenda: University of Regina
Robert B. Anderson: University of Regina
Paolo Pietro Biancone: Università degli Studi di Torino

Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 2020, vol. 18, issue 2, No 3, 165-195

Abstract: Abstract The global economy involves enormous internationalization activities that provide untapped opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses. This study sets out to improve the understanding of the role of the home country human capital on entrepreneurial internationalization. To advance this understanding, we conducted an analysis of data from 28 European countries using structural equation modeling (SEM) with partial least squares (PLS). The result of an empirical analysis revealed that the entrepreneurial intentions of the country’s non-entrepreneurs has a positive and significant impact on effective business creation and the latter consequently has a positive and significant impact on the level of internationalization. Also, our findings indicate that the level of education has a negative impact on entrepreneurial readiness/awareness.

Keywords: Internationalization; Entrepreneurship; Home Country Institutions; Human capital; Internationalisation; entrepreneuriat; institutions du pays d’origine; capital humain; L26; F24; M16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F24 L26 M16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10843-019-00264-1

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