Accelerated Internationalization in Emerging Markets: Empirical Evidence from Brazilian Technology-Based Firms

Fernanda Ferreira Ribeiro, Moacir Miranda Oliveira, Felipe Mendes Borini, Roberto Bernardes


This paper offers an analysis into the external factors influencing the accelerated internationalization of technology-based firms (TBFs) in the context of an emerging country, Brazil. This type of firm is typically called born global and has been reported mainly in high technology sectors and from developed countries. A survey was applied to small and medium Brazilian TBFs. Logistic regression was used to test the research hypotheses. The results suggest that new and small Brazilian technology-based firms, which followed an accelerated internationalization process, are most likely to be integrated into a global production chain. Results also show that TBFs which take more than five years to enter the international market, benefit more from the location in an innovation habitat, the partnerships in the home country, and the pro-internationalization government policies. Therefore, this research contributes to a better understanding of the phenomenon and points to new perspectives of studies.


internationalization, emerging economies, technology-based firms, born globals.

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