International new ventures in “low tech” sectors: a dynamic capabilities perspective

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Purpose: Drawing on the dynamic capabilities perspective and the resource-based view (RBV) of the firm, this paper seeks to further understanding of international new ventures (INVs) operating in a traditional low technology sector - an understudied context in international entrepreneurship. Design/methodology/approach: Exploratory research merited qualitative research as the chosen methodology. Multiple case study design and critical incident technique were the main qualitative techniques employed. Findings: The case entrepreneurs' objective and subjective capabilities emerge as a critical key resource for strategically managing and developing the dynamic capabilities of the firm in areas of research and development (R&D), logistics and production. The firms' capability to adapt and renew themselves through product diversification strategies was also critical for sustainable competitive advantage in a highly turbulent and competitive sector of seafood. Research limitations/implications: The study is sector-specific and, while the sample size is small, findings are consistent. The paper presents a conceptual research framework for exploring further dynamic capabilities theory across diverse empirical high and low-tech industry contexts. Practical implications: Low technology sectors are considered a "forgotten sector" of innovation policies in small-developed economies. Findings from this study identify a number of important implications of relevance to policy-makers and managers. Originality/value: This study contributes to the knowledge and understanding of how INVs in traditionally low-tech sectors develop competitive advantage on international markets. The study presents an entrepreneurial perspective to the dynamic capabilities theory of the firm and presents a conceptual research framework to further understanding on INVs. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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  • Natasha Evers

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