Value creation by small firm internationalization

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Mücke, Tina and Kepler, Johannes (2008) Value creation by small firm internationalization. In: The 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 22-23, 2008 + May 21 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 22 May 2008 - 23 May 2008, Enschede, The Netherlands .

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Event: The 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 22-23, 2008 + May 21 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 22 May 2008 - 23 May 2008, Enschede, The Netherlands
Abstract:This study examines the relationship between the competencies of the small business owner and their interest in international activities. Based on a review of the literature and a quantitative empirical survey among 803 newly founded Austrian companies, the paper identifies the central explanatory variables of internationalization, thus contributing to a theoretically based conceptualization of this phenomenon. Previous conceptualizations of small firm internationalization are extended and specified. This reveals the necessity for a wider inclusion of utilized resources throughout the internationalization process. Moreover, the impact of the structure of social capital of a business owner on the decision to start international activities is examined. The findings elucidate differences between performance drivers with regard to the network, marketing and technology competence of the small business manager. The study repudiates the Uppsala Model in favour of the „born global hypothesis”
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social capital, networking capabilities, exporters, born global, international performance
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/proceedings/92
Organisation URL:http://www.utwente.nl/bms/nikos/
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