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Innovation as an internationalisation determinant of Brazilian technology-based SMEs

La Innovación como Determinante de la Internacionalización de las PYMEs Brasileñas de Base Tecnológica

Bárbara Ilze Semensato (), Fábio Lotti Oliva () and Gilles Roehrich ()
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Bárbara Ilze Semensato: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande
Fábio Lotti Oliva: Universidade de São Paulo
Gilles Roehrich: Grenoble IAE, Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes

Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 2022, vol. 20, issue 3, No 3, 404-432

Abstract: Abstract The general objective of this article is to analyse innovation as a determinant of the internationalisation patterns of Brazilian technology-based SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in different sectors and with different technological features. The theoretical background of this article centres on the typologies of innovation, SMEs’ internationalisation patterns, and innovation as an internationalisation determinant. The main theoretical contributions of this qualitative study are its analysis of innovation of the firm, focusing on the type of innovation, the degree of novelty, and the degree of control over the innovation process as determinants of their internationalisation patterns, and the influence of the external organisational environment on innovation and internationalisation. In terms of managerial implications, we highlight the effect of these factors on the competitiveness of case firms in international markets. Finally, our suggestions for future studies include the need for research replication in other emerging markets, the inclusion of both mature and young technology-based SMEs in the sample, the use of longitudinal data for case studies, and the validation of this qualitative study through a quantitative study that includes a larger sample of technology-based SMEs.

Keywords: Innovation; Internationalisation; Small Businesses; Developing Nations; Innovación; Internacionalización; Pequeños Negocios; Naciones en Desarrollo; F23; N56; N66; N76; O32; O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 N56 N66 N76 O32 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s10843-022-00317-y

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