Born Global Firms: A New International Enterprise

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Business Expert Press, Aug 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 125 pages
This book helps managers and scholars understand the born-global phenomenon. We offer a comprehensive treatment of born globals, from distinctive features of these companies, to strategies that they use for international success, to implications of the phenomenon for international small- and medium-sized enterprises. We review useful theories and frameworks, as well as introduce a new field based on the born-global phenomenon - international entrepreneurship.

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Tamer Cavusgil specializes in the internationalization of the firm, global strategy, emerging markets, and buyer-seller relationships in cross-border business. His professional career spans teaching, research and administrative responsibilities in international business at Michigan State University, Bradley University, University of Wisconsin, and the Middle East Technical University (Turkey). In addition, he served as Senior Fulbright Scholar to Australia and taught at Monash University. Recently, he was appointed a visiting Professor at Manchester Business School, and as Gianni and Joan Montezemolo Visiting Chair at the University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom. At Michigan State University, he was the inaugural holder of the John W. Byington Endowed Chair in Global Marketing, and also held distinction of MSU Distinguished Faculty, the highest award given to a faculty member. He founded the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), a leading National Resource Center in 1989, and served as its Executive Director until 2008. At MSU-CIBER, he spearheaded the development of now leading international business knowledge portal, globalEDGE. In addition to building an exceptional CIBER team, he secured more than $15 million in external contracts and grants for MSU's international activities. Also serving as director of doctoral programs in international business, he mentored more than 20 doctoral students. Tamer has authored more than a dozen books and over 180 refereed journal articles. His work is among the most cited contributions in international business. He is the founding editor of the Journal of International Marketing now published by the American Marketing Association, and Advances in International Marketing published by Elsevier/JAI Press. He serves on the editorial review boards of a dozen professional journals including the Journal of International Business Studies. Tamer is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business, a distinction earned by a select group of intellectual leaders in international business. He also served as Vice President of the AIB, and on the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association. Michigan State University bestowed him with its highest recognition for contributions to the international mission: the Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies. He was named "International Trade Educator of the Year" in 1996 by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE). In 2007, he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge. Professor Cavusgil holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees in business from the University of Wisconsin.

Professor Knight has extensive experience in international business in the private sector. In his position as Export Manager for a medium-sized enterprise, he directed the firm’s operations in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Mexico, supervising the business activities of some 50 distributors in these regions. Previously he worked for a leading manufacturer of electrical machinery at its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and for the Japan office of the State of Washington. Following these experiences, Professor Knight obtained an MBA at the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. at Michigan State University, both in international business. Earlier degrees were in Finance and Modern Languages. He completed various export and international business seminars through the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. He attended university in France and Japan, and speaks fluent French, Japanese, and Spanish. He has lived and worked in Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Spain, and Turkey. He was a Fulbright scholar at McGill University in Montreal. Currently, Professor Knight is Director of the Program in International Business at Florida State University. He developed the university’s Study Abroad Programs in business in Britain, France, Japan, and Spain, as well as the university’s online courses in international business. He has won several awards for research and teaching. His research emphasizes globalization, international business strategy, international small and medium-sized enterprises, and born-global firms. Professor Knight is a member of the Academy of International Business. He has authored four books and nearly one hundred refereed articles in academic journals and conference proceedings, including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of International Marketing, and Management International Review. He is on the editorial review boards of several international journals. In 2005, he testified before the United States House of Representative’s ‘Committee on Small Business’ regarding international business.

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