The Interface of International Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research: Review, Synthesis, and Future Directions

Man Yang, Peter Gabrielsson*

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There is no intensive review available of research at the interface of international marketing and entrepreneurship. This article systematically logs and organizes the subject matter and provides research suggestions. An organizing framework with three main dimensions-international marketing, the nature of marketing, and entrepreneurship-guides the literature review, which relies on a full search of articles relevant to international marketing and entrepreneurship published in academic journals over the past two decades (1997-2016). The study adopts a qualitative research approach to analyze 169 articles that meet the definitions of both international marketing and entrepreneurship research. Nine research types emerge at the intersection of international marketing and entrepreneurship research, and the study examines the theoretical and empirical trends of each type. A promising avenue for future studies would be cross-cultural comparative research on the individual-opportunity nexus in marketing across countries. More mixed-method and longitudinal research designs are also welcomed. The authors conclude by offering suggestions for future interdisciplinary research.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of International Marketing
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)18-37
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2018
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Future research
  • International marketing
  • Review

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Strategic and entrepreneurial praxis


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