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How do rapidly internationalizing SMEs learn? Exploring the link between network relationships, learning approaches and post-entry growth of rapidly Internationalizing SMEs from Emerging Markets

Puthusserry, Pushyarag, Khan, Zaheer, Knight, Gary, Miller, Kristel (2020) How do rapidly internationalizing SMEs learn? Exploring the link between network relationships, learning approaches and post-entry growth of rapidly Internationalizing SMEs from Emerging Markets. Management International Review, . ISSN 0938-8249. E-ISSN 1861-8901. (doi:10.1007/s11575-020-00424-9) (KAR id:80447)

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This article explores learning among rapidly internationalizing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and how this supports the post-internationalization growth and survival of these firms. We utilize a qualitative multiple case study approach of 10 information and communication technology (ICT) SMEs from a key emerging market – India. Findings suggest that during the post-entry stage, rapidly internationalizing SMEs use a wide range of internal and external sources of knowledge. External sources of knowledge include peer networks, associations in the same industry, international clients/partners, and international connections developed through trade fairs and trade missions. Internal sources of knowledge such as self-learning, especially from trial-and-error and experiential efforts, were found to enhance product, market and technological knowledge; and consequently aided geographic and product diversification. The findings also indicate that firms use a mix of integrated, vicarious, congenital and experiential learning approaches in their post-entry growth and survival phases. Experiential and congenital learning were found to be facilitated by firms’ internal network sources, whereas external network sources provide an ideal platform for vicarious learning. The study provides new insights into networking and learning by providing evidence that exposure to and connection with diverse types of networks can result in various forms of valuable learning for rapidly internationalizing SMEs, which enhances their post-entry growth.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s11575-020-00424-9
Uncontrolled keywords: Rapidly internationalizing SMEs, networks, learning, knowledge, post-entry growth, emerging markets
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Pushyarag Nellikka Puthusserry
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2020 14:42 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/80447 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Puthusserry, Pushyarag: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0878-1169
Khan, Zaheer: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5538-3123
Miller, Kristel: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0202-1828
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