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Trade promotion and SME export performance

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  • Wilkinson, Timothy
  • Brouthers, Lance Eliot

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In this paper, we attempt to further develop an international resource-based view of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by examining the effectiveness of a set of export promotion services. Specifically, we investigate the impact of US state-sponsored export promotion activities on the international marketing efforts of small to medium-sized enterprises. We hypothesize and find that, even after controlling for internal firm resources, the use of trade shows and programs identifying agents and distributors contribute positively to SME satisfaction with export performance. Managerial implications are discussed.

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  • Wilkinson, Timothy & Brouthers, Lance Eliot, 2006. "Trade promotion and SME export performance," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 15(3), pages 233-252, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:iburev:v:15:y:2006:i:3:p:233-252
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