Descriptive Analysis of the Data Set
The goal of this chapter is twofold. First, it presents a general description of the processes of firm formation and subsequent internationalisation in technologyintensive industries. This is valuable in its own right given that it allows the specific characteristics of high-tech start-ups or new technology-based firms (NTBFs) to be highlighted. Further, these data enable us to compare our sample with selected data from other NTBF studies. Second, by employing an international and comparative perspective, we are able to identify and investigate differences between German and UK firms . How such differences might influence their international orientation is a major focus of this study. The empirical survey data on which this comparison is made comprise firm-specific information and founderspecific characteristics as well as details of essential features of the main products and/or processes of the firms . The questionnaire from which these data were obtained are in Appendix B.
KeywordsFirm Size Foreign Market Weighted Result Young Firm German Firm
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