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The role of context in SME internationalization – A review

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  • Child, John
  • Karmowska, Joanna
  • Shenkar, Oded

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This article reviews how context has been considered in studies on SME internationalization. It examines 333 articles published during the period 2010–2020 in leading international business, entrepreneurship, strategy and international marketing journals. It identifies their key findings, discusses the theoretical perspectives informing this literature, analyzes conceptual and methodological challenges, and suggests paths for theory development and future research. The review also provides a platform from which to address some of the limitations in international business [IB] theories when applied to SMEs, including organizational size as a boundary condition.

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  • Child, John & Karmowska, Joanna & Shenkar, Oded, 2022. "The role of context in SME internationalization – A review," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 57(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:57:y:2022:i:1:s109095162100078x
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2021.101267
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