SME internationalization beyond exporting

Author(s)
Maria Cristina Stoian, Pavlos Dimitratos, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki
Abstract

Micromultinationals are small and medium-sized enterprises that engage in foreign market entry modes beyond exporting. The purpose of this study is to unveil the knowledge types required by micromultinationals. To this end, we conducted an interpretive interview study involving managers and advisers. We extend the SME internationalization literature by distilling the knowledge types that this unique body of small multinationals requires. Furthermore, we generate a framework that enhances the knowledge-based perspective by showing that micromultinational expansion is led by tacitly dominated knowledge of internal actors related to products, industries, and markets and facilitated by functional knowledge provided by external actors.

Organisation(s)
External organisation(s)
Brunel University London, University of Glasgow, University of Leeds
Journal
Journal of World Business
Volume
53
Pages
768-779
No. of pages
12
ISSN
1090-9516
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2018.06.001
Publication date
11-2018
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
502016 SME-research
Keywords
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Business and International Management, Finance, Marketing
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/sme-internationalization-beyond-exporting(9fa38e03-e365-4cec-8746-6619b97846b6).html