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International social SMEs in emerging countries: Do governments support their international growth?

Scuotto Veronica, Del Giudice Manlio, Tarba Shlomo, Messeni Petruzzelli Antonio and Chang Victor

Journal of World Business, 2020, vol. 55, issue 5

Abstract: Through an empirical research developed based on a sample of five international social SMEs in a Chinese city, this study examines the internationalization of social enterprises. Its purpose is to evaluate the role played by governments in supporting international growth. This is done using behavioural theory dimensions of prevalence, relevance, urgency, accessibility, and radicalness. From our analysis, local government supports the launch of social SMEs but this is limited to their growth stage. Entrepreneurial skills and external networks, thus, become crucial factors in the development of a new international business development model, encouraging further scholarly investigation.

Keywords: International SMEs; Social SMEs; Local government support; Emerging countries; Behavioural theory; International growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2019.05.002

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