The implications of international entrepreneurial orientation, politicization and hostility upon SME international performance

Thanos, I. C., Dimitratos, P. and Sapouna, P. (2017) The implications of international entrepreneurial orientation, politicization and hostility upon SME international performance. International Small Business Journal, 35(4), pp. 495-515. (doi:10.1177/0266242616641749)

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Abstract

This article investigates the relationship between international entrepreneurial orientation (IEO) and international performance taking into account the moderating effects of politicization in internationalization decisions and international hostility. Using data from 208 Greek international SMEs, we found that IEO is positively related to international performance. We also found that neither politicization nor international hostility separately have any moderating effects on this relationship. However, the findings support the view that the combination of high levels of politicization and international hostility critically diminishes the effects of IEO on international performance. These findings enrich the international entrepreneurship field that has been relatively devoid of investigations examining decision-specific aspects of the firm.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:International entrepreneurial orientation, politicization, international performance, international SMEs.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dimitratos, Professor Pavlos and Thanos, Dr Ioannis
Authors: Thanos, I. C., Dimitratos, P., and Sapouna, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:International Small Business Journal
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:0266-2426
ISSN (Online):1741-2870
Published Online:25 April 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 SAGE Publications
First Published:First published in International Small Business Journal 35(4):495-515
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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