Surprisingly, factors that the literature has traditionally suggested as important sources of knowledge about international markets (i.e. foreign education, proficiency in foreign languages, and foreign residency) did not lead to opportunity recognition in the specific countries where the founders and members of the firm had prior histories. However, these factors had a more general influence on the level of international entrepreneurial alertness, willingness and ability to search internationally, and willingness to accept the uncertainty associated with the first international opportunity.

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