MRSS Seminar: Networks and Firm’s Scalability: How Network Factors Contribute in defining Born-Global Scalability
The phenomenon of fast growing firms, extensively studied under names like International New Venture (INV), International Startups, or Born Global (BG) firms, has been at the center stage of latest developments as digitalization has become a driving force of innovation processes. In particular, from the vast literature we adopt a standpoint focusing on Networks’ perspective drawing on concepts originated from Network science discipline. In this paper we investigate the underlying factors that link BG firm’s network to the scalability process analyzing key attributes digitalization can generate as learning paths of operations. Extant literature has not yet defined a conceptual framework capable to describe how network factors interplay between entrepreneurial and organizational realms: the proposed model analyzes Network attributes underlying dynamics arising along scalability. Three different forms, appearing along the dynamic path of expansion, are pinpointed: the entrepreneurial social network; the organizational connectedness stemming from the digital data streams; the degree of accessibility of the Network able to unleash the potential at global scale. The qualitative empirical application of the model to a pilot sample of three BG firms, also unveils as BGs constructs are broadening their application beyond startups domain also comprising global enterprises subjected to digital forms of innovations.