Born Global Firms: Evolution of a Contemporary Phenomenon

Gary Knight*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

29 Citations (Scopus)


Born global firms undertake international business at or near their founding. In general, they are a type of highly international small and mediumsized enterprise. In the past two decades, born globals have emerged in substantial numbers worldwide, in conjunction with evolutionary trends in globalization and advanced information and communications technologies. In this paper, I summarize extant literature on born globals. I also address their role in the emergent field of international entrepreneurship and the linkage to national competitive advantage. Finally, I suggest numerous research directions on born globals, especially in the context of emerging markets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalAdvances in International Marketing
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2015


  • Born global firms
  • Globalization
  • International entrepreneurship
  • International SME
  • Internationalization


Dive into the research topics of 'Born Global Firms: Evolution of a Contemporary Phenomenon'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this