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International SMEs from emerging markets—Insights from the Colombian textile and apparel industry

Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez (), Eva Cristina Manotas () and Luciano Ciravegna
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Eva Cristina Manotas: Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 2016, vol. 14, issue 1, No 4, 9-31

Abstract: Abstract The internationalization of firms from emerging markets has been studied mainly from the perspective of large firms. Smaller and younger international firms based in emerging markets suffer from underrepresentation in the literature. This study sheds light on the internationalization of emerging market SMEs, focusing on Colombian textile and apparel exporters. Using mixed research methods, it illustrates the role of firm age in influencing internationalization strategy. It examines 1165 export contracts by 50 SMEs, discussing export intensity, speed, and geographic scope using recurrence analysis and cluster analysis. It contributes to international entrepreneurship by exploring new empirical evidence and examining it using a novel methodological approach.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Latin America; SMEs; Internationalization; Recurrence analysis; Cluster analysis; Exports; Textiles; Colombia; Apparel industry (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M16 F14 F23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1007/s10843-016-0170-3

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