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International activities in small firms – examining factors influencing the internationalisation and export growth of SMEs

Andersson, Svante; Gabrielsson, Jonas LU and Wictor, Ingemar (2004) In Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences 21(1). p.22-34
Abstract
In this paper we explore internationalization and export growth over time in a sample of 135 small manufacturing firms. By using concepts and arguments from literature on international business and small firms, the paper identifies six situational, or contingency, factors that are expected to influence the international activities of small firms. Our results show that a dynamic and fast-changing environment may push small firms to go abroad, while it seems to be the experiences built up in the organization and a younger generation of CEOs that can explain why some small firms continue to expand their international activities. The findings suggest that the factors influencing small firms to go abroad and become international differ from the... (More)
In this paper we explore internationalization and export growth over time in a sample of 135 small manufacturing firms. By using concepts and arguments from literature on international business and small firms, the paper identifies six situational, or contingency, factors that are expected to influence the international activities of small firms. Our results show that a dynamic and fast-changing environment may push small firms to go abroad, while it seems to be the experiences built up in the organization and a younger generation of CEOs that can explain why some small firms continue to expand their international activities. The findings suggest that the factors influencing small firms to go abroad and become international differ from the factors that influence them to continue and grow once they are on the international marketplace. The paper ends with a discussion of the findings, together with suggestions for further research. (Less)
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Manufacturing, Small business, Studies, Statistical analysis, Exports
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  author       = {Andersson, Svante and Gabrielsson, Jonas and Wictor, Ingemar},
  keyword      = {Manufacturing,Small business,Studies,Statistical analysis,Exports},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {22--34},
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  series       = {Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences},
  title        = {International activities in small firms – examining factors influencing the internationalisation and export growth of SMEs},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2004},
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