Born Global from the Resource-Based Theory: A Case Study in Colombia


  • Alexander Tabares Economics and Management Sciences, Universidad de Medellin
  • Claudia Alvarez School of Management, Universidad EAFIT.
  • David Urbano Department of Business, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.



Born global firms, Resource-based theory, Intellectual capital, Case study, Medellin-Colombia


This paper describes how a born global firm goes into international market from inception at its early years. The objective of this paper is to analyze from the resource-based theory how a born global firm engages in international market. This empirical investigation has been carried out as an explorative single-case study, a high-tech firm, Digital Partner, based in Medellin, Antioquia. The main findings of the research show that organizational capabilities based on intellectual capital are crucial for the development of a born global. Thus, capabilities such as entrepreneurship, global vision, internationally market knowledge, learning management, IT capabilities, technological innovation, collaborative work, networks and customer orientation are recurrent and they correspond to other similar research results. Contributions of the study are both academic (for the advance of the research in born global field) and practical (for the design of governmental policies to foster born global firms).


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Tabares, A., Alvarez, C., & Urbano, D. (2015). Born Global from the Resource-Based Theory: A Case Study in Colombia. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 10(2), 154–165.



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