The impact of agility on the market performance of born-global firms: an exploratory study of the ‘Tech City’ innovation cluster

Nemkova, Ekaterina (2017) The impact of agility on the market performance of born-global firms: an exploratory study of the ‘Tech City’ innovation cluster. Journal of Business Research . ISSN 0148-2963

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Abstract

Although there is some recognition that agility is advantageous for a born-global firm, the concept of agility is underexplored in the management and marketing literature. Little is known about the ability of born-globals to become agile and under what conditions agility can lead to better market performance. In this investigation the exploratory qualitative research was conducted using the data of fifteen in-depth interviews with managers and experts in Tech City in London, UK. Firstly, the findings show that creativity and informal planning are the main decision-making drivers of agility in born-global firms. Secondly, the study reveals that agility is more likely to be positively related to international market performance when key decision-makers have certain skills, including knowledge of the market, international experience, learning orientation and ambiguity tolerance.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Born-globals; Agility; Creativity; Planning; Human capital; Market performance
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.04.017
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 12:55
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 12:58
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43546

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