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Complementary roles of domestic and international networks in sustaining internationalization of SMEs: a modeling approach


Karage, Ahmed Ibrahim and Raja Yusof, Raja Nerina and Nadarajah, Devika and Abdul, Mohani (2019) Complementary roles of domestic and international networks in sustaining internationalization of SMEs: a modeling approach. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 9 (8). pp. 200-218. ISSN 2222-6990


The importance of networks in internationalization has been acknowledged in literature with much emphasis on international networks. What remains unclear is the complimentary role being played by domestic and international networks in entry and sustaining international market. This paper provides an empirical understanding of the joint influence of firm’s domestic network and international network in sustaining internationalization of SMEs in Sub Sahara African countries. The study also examined the role of international entrepreneurial orientation (IEO) in mediating the relationships between domestic network, international network and internationalization of SMEs. The objectives of the study were achieved by developing hypotheses relating to the network resources in domestic and international markets and internationalization of SMEs. Using partial least square (PLS), the study analyzed data from a sample of 266 exporting SMEs in Nigeria and shows that establishing and maintaining domestic and international networks are crucial in sustaining internationalization of SMEs. Furthermore, mediation effect of IEO was significant in the relationships. The study proposes that enhancing the capacity of exporting SMEs in IEO can further increase their capacity develop and sustain their network resources both at home and in international market.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Putra Business School
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.6007/IJARBSS/v9-i8/6235
Publisher: Human Resource Management Academic Research Society
Keywords: Internationalization of SMEs; International entrepreneurial orientation; Domestic network; International network; Nigeria
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2020 21:15
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2020 21:15
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/80990
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