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

Ioannis C. Thanos*, Pavlos Dimitratos, Panagiota Sapouna

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)495-514
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Small Business Journal
    Volume35
    Issue number4
    Early online date25 Apr 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

    Keywords

    • SME
    • international performance
    • international entrepreneurial orientation

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