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Transaction services and SME internationalization: The effect of home and host country bank relationships on international investment and growth

Kent Eriksson, Øystein Fjeldstad and Sara Jonsson

International Business Review, 2017, vol. 26, issue 1, 130-144

Abstract: Building on the argument put forward by North and Wallis (1994) that the transaction sector enables economic growth by lowering the costs of transacting, we investigate how internationalizing firms’ host and home country bank relationships affect their international specific investments and growth. Banks provide payment, liquidity, and risk management services, which are essential to international business relationships, yet little is known about how banks affect international business relationships. In a sample of 255 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), we find that host and home country bank relationships affect the dependent variables differently. We contribute to the literature by explicating the role and effects of banks in international business relationships. Our findings have implications for understanding transaction services in international business as well as the choices made by their customers.

Keywords: Banks; Business relationship; Internationalization; SMEs; Transaction organizations; Transaction services (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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