Global Entrepreneurship: Creating New Value Through Divergence, Convergence, and Networks

Ken Valvur thought he had a global mindset when he arrived at Thunderbird in 1986. The son of Estonian refugees, Valvur spoke fluent French as well as English. But his first days on campus convinced him that his view wasn't as global as he had thought. In an effort to expand his global intellectual capital, he enrolled in Japanese classes. With his sights on Tokyo's booming financial industry, he built his social and psychological capital during a term spent studying in Japan.

The experience paid off when Valvur began working for Scotiabank and managed to secure a post in Tokyo. While there, inspiration struck: Valvur noticed how small eateries ...

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