First Advisor

Powanga, Luka


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Business Administration


School of Management

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

48 pages


Born Global (BG) firms are entrepreneurial ventures that internationalize at or near founding, overcoming the barriers that restrain most small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from increased global trade. While research on SME barriers to internationalization is emerging, research on how BGs rapidly overcome these barriers remains under-explored. This study fills this void in the BG literature by analyzing factors influencing rapid internationalization. A survey was conducted of BGs and SMEs in the U.S. and U.K. This survey study found that BGs overcome information barriers more readily than other SMEs and a predictive factor is previous international experience. Additional research topics are identified.

Date of Award

Fall 2009

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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