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How can new companies internationalise?

Stine Øyna at the Department of Management at the School of Business and Law has submitted her thesis entitled «Essays on Born Global Evolution» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Friday 24 May 2019. (Photo: Private)

The thesis presents different strategic approaches based on whether the company primarily uses networks or brands in their development, as well as how proactive the company is with regard to its international activities.

Stine Øyna

PhD-Candidate and Assistant Professor

Stine Øyna at the Department of Managementat the School of Business and Law has submitted her thesis entitled «Essays on Born Global Evolution» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Friday 24 May 2019.

She has followed the PhD-programme at the School of Business and Law.

Summary of the thesis by Stine Øyna:

How can new companies internationalise?

This thesis focuses on companies which go out internationally even as early as in the start-up phase – so-called “born globals”.

Cheaper to internationalise

Globalisation – reduced transport and communication costs, lower trade barriers, and a more frequent prevalence of global niche markets - has made internationalisation cheaper, and therefore more available even for relatively new companies.

Such companies are often built on the basis of products which perhaps have a limited national, but a large global potential. With a small home market, it therefore becomes necessary to move beyond one’s own country borders early if one wishes to be a competitive actor.

Approach to internationalisation

The main findings – which are based on studies of technology companies in Israel – has implications for how companies can approach internationalisation.

The thesis presents different strategic approaches based on whether the company primarily uses networks or brands in their development, as well as how proactive the company is with regard to its international activities.

Disputation facts:

The Candidate: Stine Øyna (1988, Vennesla), siviløkonom - (four year programme in economics and business administration consisting of three years at bachelor/undergraduate level and one year at master/graduate level) from UiA. Worked at Trainee Sør, and employed at administrative departments at the UiA: The admission office at the Division of Student and Academic Affairs and at the Division of Research Management, then Assistant Professor, Research Fellow and now Assistant Professor at the Department of Management, for the time being on leave to work with a Master programme in Entrepreneurship.

The trial lecture and the public defence will take place at Gabriel Scotts auditorium – B1-001, Campus Kristiansand.

Dean Kristin Wallevik will chair the disputation.

Trial lecture at 11:15 a.m.

Public defense at 12:45 p.m.

Given topic for trial lecture: «Discuss your contributions to the evolution of Born Global firms in relation to recent developments in the field. Please include the following in the discussion:

  • Paul, J., & Rosado-Serrano, A. (2019).Gradual Internationalization vs Born-Global/International new venture models: A review and research agenda. International Marketing Review.
  • Coviello, N. (2015). Re-thinking research on born globals. Journal of International Business Studies, 46(1), 17-26».

Thesis title: «Essays on Born Global Evolution»

Search for the thesis in AURA - Agder University Research Archive, a digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder. The thesis will also be available at the University Library, and some copies will also be available for loan at the auditorium where the disputation takes place.

Opponents:

Førsteopponent: Professor Antonella Zucchella, University of Pavia, Italy

Annenopponent: Professor Per Servais, Linnæus University, Sweden

Professor Sangeeta Singh, School of Business and Law, UiA, is appointed as the administrator for the assessment commitee.

Supervisor were Associate Professor Rotem Shneor, Department of Management, UiA

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