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International SMEs from emerging markets—Insights from the Colombian textile and apparel industry

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  • Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez

    () (Universidad EAFIT)

  • Eva Cristina Manotas

    () (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

  • Luciano Ciravegna

    () (University of London
    INCAE)

Abstract

Abstract The internationalization of firms from emerging markets has been studied mainly from the perspective of large firms. Smaller and younger international firms based in emerging markets suffer from underrepresentation in the literature. This study sheds light on the internationalization of emerging market SMEs, focusing on Colombian textile and apparel exporters. Using mixed research methods, it illustrates the role of firm age in influencing internationalization strategy. It examines 1165 export contracts by 50 SMEs, discussing export intensity, speed, and geographic scope using recurrence analysis and cluster analysis. It contributes to international entrepreneurship by exploring new empirical evidence and examining it using a novel methodological approach.

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  • Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez & Eva Cristina Manotas & Luciano Ciravegna, 2016. "International SMEs from emerging markets—Insights from the Colombian textile and apparel industry," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 14(1), pages 9-31, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jinten:v:14:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s10843-016-0170-3
    DOI: 10.1007/s10843-016-0170-3
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    Keywords

    Emerging markets; Latin America; SMEs; Internationalization; Recurrence analysis; Cluster analysis; Exports; Textiles; Colombia; Apparel industry;

    JEL classification:

    • M16 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - International Business Administration
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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