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Language ability and entrepreneurship education: Necessary skills for Europe’s start-ups?
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. School of Business, Society and Engineering, Department, Mälardalen Högskola, Västerås, Sweden. (CEROC)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0916-7889
Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal; Católica Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal.
Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
School of Business, Society and Engineering, Department, Mälardalen Högskola, Västerås, Sweden; Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
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2018 (English)In: Journal of International Entrepreneurship, ISSN 1570-7385, E-ISSN 1573-7349, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 369-397Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Language ability and entrepreneurial education are seen as essential resources for start-ups operating in intensified landscapes of internationalisation and globalisation. Deemed as the necessary skills for corporate effectiveness vis-à-vis rivals, this paper responds to calls for increased understandings of cultural componentsas vital to entrepreneurship and the product of institutional forces. Thus, it explores: (a) the impact language ability has on start-up expansion; (b) the perceptions of internationalrelations as based on language ability as a tool for cross-cultural communication; and (c) the role of educational context from the entrepreneurs’ perspective. Based oninterviews from European online start-ups across three discrete contexts—Finland,Portugal and Sweden—it concludes that contextual trends regarding language andeducation are founded upon the cultural-cognitive and normative pillars ofinstitutionalisation. Further, by combining actor-context perspectives, it poses thatlanguage ability and education are resources borne from the domestic environment which positively moderate the start-up’s international success. Nevertheless, the notion of learnt entrepreneurship remains contested. Taken together, this study contributes byoffering deeper insight into the role of context on entrepreneurial tendencies by combining resource and institutional perspectives.

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La competencia y habilidad lingüística se estánconvirtiendo en requisitos indispensables para las nuevas empresas que operan enentornos de creciente demanda de internacionalización y globalización. Consideradascomo necesarias para asegurar el éxito inicial y ventaja competitiva, este manuscrito secentra en el entendimiento de la conciencia cultural, la capacidad lingüística y laeducación como pilares básicos para la iniciativa empresarial. Los objetivos son: a) explorar el impacto de la competencia lingüística en los planes de expansión inicial yfuturos; b) investigar la percepción de las relaciones internacionales basadas en lacapacidad lingüística como herramienta de comunicación intercultural; y c) definir elrol del entorno en la adquisición de habilidades lingüísticas y comunicativas desde laperspectiva del emprendedor. Basado en entrevistas a nueve nuevas firmas tecnológicasubicadas en Finlandia, Portugal y Suecia, el estudio muestra diferentes tendencias sobreel rol de las habilidades lingüísticas y culturales como fuente de ventaja competitiva.Sin embargo, la idea de iniciativa empresarial como algo que se puede aprender oenseñar continua bajo debate, destacando la necesidad de futuros estudios sobre laimportancia de la educación empresarial como entorno-dependiente.

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Springer, 2018. Vol. 16, no 3, p. 369-397
Keywords [en]
Competitive advantage; Entrepreneurship education; Entrepreneurial orientation; Institutional theory; Language ability; Start-ups
Keywords [es]
competencia lingüística; educación empresarial; nuevas empresas; teoría institucional; ventaja competitiva
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-66772DOI: 10.1007/s10843-018-0230-yISI: 000445374000003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85045835622OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-66772DiVA, id: diva2:1201202
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2018-10-10Bibliographically approved

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