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The export orientation and export performance of high-technology SMEs in emerging markets: The effects of knowledge transfer by returnee entrepreneurs

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  • Igor Filatotchev

    (Faculty of Management, Sir John Cass Business School, City University London, UK)

  • Xiaohui Liu

    (Loughborough University Business School, UK)

  • Trevor Buck

    (Loughborough University Business School, UK)

  • Mike Wright

    ([1] Centre for Management Buy-out Research, Nottingham University Business School, UK[2] Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Abstract

Combining international business research with the knowledge-based view, this paper examines factors affecting the export orientation and export performance of high-technology Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in an emerging economy. Using a unique, hand-collected dataset of 711 SMEs from Zhongguancun Science Park in China, it argues that export orientation and performance depend not only on the development of capabilities through R&D and technology transfer, but also on entrepreneurial characteristics, such as the founder's international background and global networks. It is also shown that both export orientation and performance are positively associated with the presence of a “returnee” entrepreneur. Journal of International Business Studies (2009) 40, 1005–1021. doi:10.1057/jibs.2008.105

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Volume (Year): 40 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (August)
Pages: 1005-1021

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