A conceptualization of e-risk perceptions and implications for small firm active online internationalization

Pezderka, N. and Sinkovics, R. R. (2011) A conceptualization of e-risk perceptions and implications for small firm active online internationalization. International Business Review, 20(4), pp. 409-422. (doi: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2010.06.004)

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A sound conceptualization of international e-risks has grown in demand, because of the increasing penetration of the Internet, and specifically the enabling-facility of the Internet technology for small firms. Yet, to date, there has been no study explicitly attempting to build an international business risk framework for the online environment, nor to explain online internationalization decisions. The purpose of the present paper is threefold, (1) to combine and complement the existing traditional international risk constructs and the emerging views on e-business risks into a comprehensive and unified international risk framework for the online context; (2) to develop propositions regarding SMEs’ active online internationalization decisions by drawing on Dunning's OLI framework; and (3) to explore the online–offline risk trade-off inherent in online internationalization decisions by integrating the e-risk framework into the eclectic paradigm.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Active online internationalization Conceptualization E-risk International business Online Risk SME
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sinkovics, Professor Rudolf and Sinkovics, Dr Noemi
Authors: Pezderka, N., and Sinkovics, R. R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:International Business Review
Published Online:07 August 2010

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