Small firm internationalisation competence: An owner-manager perspective

Lamb, Peter William and Sandberg, Jorgen (2012). Small firm internationalisation competence: An owner-manager perspective. In: Susan Feinberg and Tunga Kiyak, Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business. AIB 2012 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA, (111-112). 30 June - 3 July 2012.

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Author Lamb, Peter William
Sandberg, Jorgen
Title of paper Small firm internationalisation competence: An owner-manager perspective
Conference name AIB 2012 Annual Meeting
Conference location Washington, DC, USA
Conference dates 30 June - 3 July 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business
Place of Publication East Lansing, MI, United States
Publisher Academy of International Business
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Published abstract
ISSN 2078-0435
Editor Susan Feinberg
Tunga Kiyak
Start page 111
End page 112
Total pages 2
Language eng
Abstract/Summary We examine competence as a phenomenon from the perspective of task accomplishment and what makes performance possible for owner-managers of small internationalising firms and move beyond knowledge as a free floating term to knowledge in action. By doing so, we contribute to the emerging topic of small firm internationalisation competence by focusing on the owner-manager rather than that of the firm. We also contend that competence is not attribute-based but rather relational in nature. By using a relational approach and phenomenography we reveal not only what constitutes small firm internationalisation competence but the variation in the way owner-managers organise their knowledge and skills into sets of distinctive competence. Our findings demonstrate that owner-managed small firm internationalisation competence is not defined primarily as a set of attributes or owner-manager characteristics/traits. Rather internationalisation competence is defined by the way owner-managers understand firm internationalisation.
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