International SMEs from emerging markets—Insights from the Colombian textile and apparel industry

Published on Mar 1, 2016in Journal of International Entrepreneurship
· DOI :10.1007/s10843-016-0170-3
Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez5
Estimated H-index: 5
(EAFIT University),
Eva Cristina Manotas2
Estimated H-index: 2
(National University of Colombia),
Luciano Ciravegna12
Estimated H-index: 12
(INCAE Business School)
Abstract The internationalization of firms from emerging markets has been studied mainly from the perspective of large firms. Smaller and younger international firms based in emerging markets suffer from underrepresentation in the literature. This study sheds light on the internationalization of emerging market SMEs, focusing on Colombian textile and apparel exporters. Using mixed research methods, it illustrates the role of firm age in influencing internationalization strategy. It examines 1165 export contracts by 50 SMEs, discussing export intensity, speed, and geographic scope using recurrence analysis and cluster analysis. It contributes to international entrepreneurship by exploring new empirical evidence and examining it using a novel methodological approach.
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Published on Jan 1, 1988in Journal of Quality Technology 2.31
Wayne Nelson28
Estimated H-index: 28
(General Electric)
(This paper was presented at the Journal of Quality Technology Session at the 31st Annual Fall Technical Conference of the Chemical and Process Industries Division of the American Society for Quality Control and the Section on Physical and Engineering S..
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Wayne Nelson28
Estimated H-index: 28
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Paul H. Kvam18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Georgia Institute of Technology),
Harshinder Singh26
Estimated H-index: 26
(Panjab University, Chandigarh),
Lyn R. Whitaker9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Naval Postgraduate School)
A failed system is repaired minimally if after failure, it is restored to the working condition of an identical system of the same age. We extend the nonparametric maximum likelihood estimator(MLE) of a system's lifetime distribution function to test units that are known to have an increasing failure rate. Such items comprise a significant portion of working components in industry. The order-restricted MLE is shown to be consistent. Similar results hold for the Brown-Proschan imperfect repair mo...
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Xiangyun Xu1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Nanjing University),
Peng Guo1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Mar 1, 1996in European Journal of Marketing 1.50
Hanne Niss1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Aalborg University)
Discusses the appropriateness of using national image for international marketing purposes, based on an empirical survey carried out among 100 Danish export firms, from which the marketing strategies underlying the use of nationality in the promotion of Danish products abroad have been identified. Presents some general guidelines for the building of international brands and product images based on national image, and submits suggestions for further research. Finally, suggests that while a symbol...
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Published on Jan 1, 2003in Small Business Economics 2.86
Hamid Etemad15
Estimated H-index: 15
(McGill University),
Richard W. Wright14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Richmond)
venturing abroad. Recently, scholars in the field of Entrepreneurship have questioned the universality of the stage-theory explanation of firm internationalization. They point to the inconsistency between the stage theory and the empirical reality of a growing number of entrepreneurially oriented firms, which tend to adopt a global focus from their conception. Not only do these new ventures lack a period of gradual internationalization, but they also tend to be small firms facing volatile market...
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Robert Jacobson1
Estimated H-index: 1
Business performance at the corporate level is widely assessed by the return, through changes in the price of the stock and dividends, to shareholders. However, corporate level performance analysis, whether for strategic or public policy purposes, is inappropriate in many instances because of the heterogeneity of the corporation's operations. The strategic business units (SBUs) comprising a corporation are often very diverse. Profitability analysis grouping these entities together yields few of ...
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Catherine Welch20
Estimated H-index: 20
(University of Sydney),
Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki5
Estimated H-index: 5
This paper provides a critique of existing research on the internationalization process of the firm and proposes an agenda for future inquiry. In recent years, process approaches have received increasing attention in management research, leading to a more refined understanding of the distinction between process and variance paradigms. We apply a process lens to a well‐established sub‐field of international business, namely the internationalization process of the firm. We review how this research...
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Published on Sep 1, 2004in European Journal of Marketing 1.50
Luis Filipe Lages20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Universidade Nova de Lisboa),
David B. Montgomery30
Estimated H-index: 30
(Singapore Management University)
This paper argues that performance should be investigated as an independent variable. Using survey data of over 400 managers responsible for the main export ventures of Portuguese SMEs (small and medium exporters), this paper shows that past performance plays a crucial role in building SMEs' commitment to exporting and to the determination of their current marketing strategy. Findings also show that marketing strategy adaptation to the foreign market is particularly noted in firms exporting to t...
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Jim Bell19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Ulster University),
Rod B. McNaughton20
Estimated H-index: 20
(University of Waterloo)
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Estimated H-index: 20
Firm internationalisation has long been regarded as an incremental process, wherein firms gravitate towards ‘psychologically close’ markets and increase commitment to international markets in a gradual, step-wise, manner through a series of evolutionary ‘stages’. However, much of the recent literature provides clear evidence of rapid and dedicated internationalisation by ‘born global firms’. Typically, these are smaller entrepreneurial firms that internationalise from inception, or start to shor...
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Georgios Batsakis5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Brunel University London),
Alexander T. Mohr15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Abstract We examine the contingent effect of existing product diversification on the scope and speed of firms’ subsequent internationalization. Understanding these effects is important because prior research on the product—geographic diversification relationship assumes that the relevant decisions are taken simultaneously. This assumption does not apply to firms that consider international expansion only after having grown domestically through product diversification. Drawing on and extending tr...
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Estimated H-index: 30
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Estimated H-index: 12
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Estimated H-index: 5
(EAFIT University)
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Published on Nov 12, 2018in International Marketing Review 2.60
Mohammad Falahat2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman),
Gary Knight27
Estimated H-index: 27
(Saint Petersburg State University),
Ilan Alon24
Estimated H-index: 24
(University of Agder)
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Estimated H-index: 8
(Autonomous University of Barcelona)
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