Typologies of internationalisation pathways of SMEs: What is new?

Dafnis N. Coudounaris*

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Purpose – This study aims to examine internationalisation pathways of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) based on a sample from Manchester, UK, and it provides an exercise theory testing of the Uppsala model with data from SMEs from Manchester. It investigates the existence of new internationalisation
pathways and the parallel use of four dimensions, namely, export intensity, export destination, time dimension and number of export markets.
Design/methodology/approach – The suggested model of international pathways is developed based on a survey of 110 firms located in the Greater Manchester area. The study of the population was based on a stratified sample of firms included in the KOMPASS directory in the Greater Manchester area. t-Test analysis was performed on combinations of the six pathways.
Findings – The results reveal that SMEs follow a pattern of internationalisation pathways consisting of non-exporters, traditional small exporters, traditional medium exporters, accelerated medium exporters, born globals and declining exporters. The paper concludes that the Uppsala model does not apply in this study.
Originality/value – There is evidence of a new pathway, i.e. accelerated medium exporters and the CEOs of Manchester SMEs, and governmental authorities in the UK should consider targeting this group or developing appropriate export promotion programmes
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftReview of International Business and Strategy
Sidor (från-till)286-316
Antal sidor31
StatusPublicerad - 16.11.2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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