Born Global Companies

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 2
Term 2
Module code
FHEQ Level
School of Finance and Management

Module overview

Born global companies, from their foundation, model themselves to achieve their competitive advantage by deriving their outputs from global markets. As such, it becomes very captivating to understand how they expand internationally and indeed become global players in a short period of time. The process which born global companies take significantly differs from a traditional model of internationalisation. Traditionally, the process of internationalisation has been described as a process of stages. First the companies solidify the domestic market and then start exploring for opportunities abroad. However, born global companies became global companies from their inception. Ultimately born global companies anchor in a globalised world where entrepreneurs seek to opt for an international long term view or strategy. This module will explore key reasons for the emergence of born global and will cover topics such as new market conditions, knowledge intensity and innovation, global start-ups and entrepreneurship, advances in technology, multisided platforms, and managerial change.

The module will also explore comparative legal ethics and management values including the vast social implications such as zero- hour contracts embedded with some of the born global companies’ business.

The module will use contemporary case studies from SOAS regions, such as Japan, China, Korea, South-East Asia, Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and discuss them in the wake of some important theoretical concepts to gain an understanding of dynamic changes and skills in how to deal with them.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Define, explain, and appropriately utilise key terms, models, concepts and theories as they pertain to the born global companies
  • Discuss key management debates (including ethical issues), theoretical challenges, developments, tensions and contradictions within the born global businesses
  • Management of fund raising
  • Innovation and knowledge management
  • Understanding how to deal with the dynamic changes and technological disruptions
  • Understanding regional specificities and regional socio-cultural concepts, changes and challenges and its adaptation to the global context and their adaptation to global context
  • Understand ethical concerns, regulatory compliance and securities laws for start ups


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