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How personal and organizational drivers impact on SME international performance: The mediating role of organizational innovation

Christiane Prange and José Carlos Pinho

International Business Review, 2017, vol. 26, issue 6, 1114-1123

Abstract: This article develops and tests a conceptual model to identify the impact of internal drivers (personal and organizational) on the international performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Drawing on the resource-based view of the firm and its capability extensions, it is argued that the effect of drivers is mediated by organizational innovation. To test the proposed theoretical model, we collected data from 120 exporting SMEs in Portugal. Results show that the indirect mediating effect of innovation is particularly relevant with regard to the organizational driver-performance link. Insights contribute to research on the importance of innovation for capability and resource deployment during internationalization.

Keywords: SMEs; International performance drivers; Mediation; Organizational innovation; Resource-based view (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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