Social knowledge and SMEs' innovative gains from internationalization

Zahra, S. A., Ucbasaran, D. and Newey, L. R. (2009) Social knowledge and SMEs' innovative gains from internationalization. European Management Review, 6 2: 81-93. doi:10.1057/emr.2009.6

Author Zahra, S. A.
Ucbasaran, D.
Newey, L. R.
Title Social knowledge and SMEs' innovative gains from internationalization
Journal name European Management Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1740-4754
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1057/emr.2009.6
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 81
End page 93
Total pages 13
Editor Gambardella, A.
Zollo, M.
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
150308 International Business
910402 Management
Abstract Faced with rising competition in their domestic markets and attracted to opportunities in foreign markets, smaller and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly looking towards internationalization as a means of creating and sustaining competitive advantage. This has heightened researchers' interest in examining the benefits of internationalization beyond just financial outcomes. Internationalization can promote learning and the accumulation of the knowledge, skills and capabilities that SMEs need to survive and prosper. Learning and knowledge accumulation can also improve SMEs' product innovations. Using data from 384 US-based SMEs, we find that having a wider international market scope exposes SMEs to a rich network of information that encourages and enhances future product innovation. Similar results are observed when SMEs use high control or high involvement modes of entry in foreign markets. Our analyses also show that social knowledge magnifies and strengthens the effects of international market scope and mode of entry (high control as well as high involvement) on SMEs' product innovation.
Keyword SMEs
knowledge and learning
mode of entry
social knowledge
product innovation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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