SME Networks and International Performance: Unveiling the Significance of Foreign Market Entry Mode

Maria Cristina Stoian, Josep Rialp, Pavlos Dimitratos

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Abstract

© 2016 The Authors. Journal of Small Business Management published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of International Council for Small Business This study investigates the relevance of interorganizational networks for the international performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in relation to the foreign market entry mode (FMEM) selected. We distinguish two groups of internationalized SMEs: exporting firms and micromultinational enterprises (mMNEs). Drawing on insights from the network theory, our study accounts for the role of intermediate outcomes (innovative behavior and foreign market knowledge). Structural equation modeling is conducted in a sample of U.K.-based internationalized SMEs. Our findings suggest that interorganizational networks have an indirect influence on international performance but differences are found among the two groups of internationalized SMEs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-148
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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