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Examining SME performance: the role of innovation, R&D and internationalisation


  • Timothy L. Pett
  • James A. Wolff


SME capabilities have long been viewed as a means for firms to succeed in the marketplace. Within this paper, we develop the theoretical underpinnings for hypothesised relationships between SME capabilities (innovation, R&D activities and internationalisation) on two-distinct forms of SME performance (sales growth and profitability). Multiple regression analyses is used to test the proposed relationships using questionnaire data from 181 mid-western-based SMEs. Significant relationships were found among the innovation, R&D activities and internationalisation capabilities for both forms of performance. A discussion of the implications for these findings with respect to managerial practice and future research is provided.

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  • Timothy L. Pett & James A. Wolff, 2011. "Examining SME performance: the role of innovation, R&D and internationalisation," International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 3(3), pages 301-314.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijeven:v:3:y:2011:i:3:p:301-314

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