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Hsieh, Linda, Child, John, Narooz, Rose, Elbanna, Said, Karmowska, Joanna, Marinova, Svetla, Puthusserry, Pushyarag, Tsai, Terence and Zhang, Yunlu (2019) 'A multidimensional perspective of SME internationalization speed: The influence of entrepreneurial characteristics.' International Business Review, 28 (2). pp. 268-283.

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ABSTRACT (150 words max.) This paper applies the subjectivist theory and the resource-based view to examine the influence of entrepreneur and firm innovation characteristics on different dimensions of internationalization speed. It contributes to the ongoing debate by offering both theoretical and empirical support for a multidimensional perspective on internationalization speed. This perspective has previously been under-explored. Findings from a sample of 180 SMEs show that each dimension of internationalization speed is predicted by a different set of antecedents. Earliness of internationalization is strongly associated with R&D intensity, entrepreneurs’ international experience and their perception of better opportunities abroad. Deepening is strongly related to R&D intensity, exploration, entrepreneurs’ international experience and their aspiration to increase differentiation. Geographic diversity is strongly related to entrepreneurs’ international experience, their perception of an unfavourable domestic institutional environment, and their intention to increase differentiation vis-à-vis competitors. Entrepreneurs’ international experience is the strongest predictor of the speed of using diverse entry modes in international operations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, SMEs, Earliness, Speed of deepening, Speed of geographic diversification
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Finance & Management
ISSN: 09695931
Copyright Statement: © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 11:56
Funders: British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Other

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