How Spending Time Abroad Might Motivate and Enable Czech Entrepreneurs to Engage with Internationalization

Kateřina Tlachová

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The aim of this thesis is to investigate how staying abroad motivates and enables Czech entrepreneurs to engage in exporting their products and services, deepening the current understanding of internationalization, a significant factor for growing country’s economy. In order to explore these relationships, it is important to examine how living in a different coun-try can act as primary motivation, as well as facilitator, to enable entrepreneurs to start exporting. Two hypothesis about motivations and four about enabling factors have been synthesized, relating to the act of staying abroad. These hypotheses were formed based on a mindful literature review of diverse studies carried out on stimulus and enabling factors which can trigger internalization. A quantitative analysis, based on an online survey of 261 Czech entrepreneurs was conducted to test these hypothesis, allowing for statistical analysis through 2-tailed independent t-tests, and single linear regressions. Moreover, the relationships between motivations, as well as enabling factors, and two more demographic segmentations, gender and age, is also tested in order to create a deeper analysis of the results. The findings imply that living abroad motives and enables entrepreneurs to internationalize. However, confounders show spurious associations which can be credited to the demographics. Moreover, the results depict an interesting finding that living abroad in association with studying abroad does not make entrepreneurs more likely to internationalize. These results can be used at institutions when making decisions about educational programs abroad and helping entrepreneurs with living abroad. Additionally, the found stratified relationships of the hypotheses can be used as a starting point, or support, for future researches.

EducationsMSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages89