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International Growth Orientation of Knowledge-Intensive SMES


  • Niina Nummela


  • Kaisu Puumalainen
  • Sami Saarenketo


As a response to the increasing interest in the internationalisation of knowledge-intensive firms, a measure for analysing their international growth orientation was developed. This measure was applied in empirical setting of Finnish information and communication technology companies. The development of the measure as well as the empirical findings are described in detail, and the validity and the reliability of the measure was secured in various ways. The measure seems both viable and valid, and also the findings appear to be logical, and they give a good basis for further research on the topic. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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  • Niina Nummela & Kaisu Puumalainen & Sami Saarenketo, 2005. "International Growth Orientation of Knowledge-Intensive SMES," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 5-18, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jinten:v:3:y:2005:i:1:p:5-18
    DOI: 10.1007/s10843-005-0350-z

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    1. Casillas, José C. & Moreno, Ana M. & Acedo, Francisco J. & Gallego, María A. & Ramos, Encarnación, 2009. "An integrative model of the role of knowledge in the internationalization process," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 311-322, July.
    2. Govori, Arbiana, 2014. "Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Evidence from SMEs in Prishtina region, Kosovo," MPRA Paper 55898, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    4. Løvdal, Nicolai & Neumann, Frank, 2011. "Internationalization as a strategy to overcome industry barriers--An assessment of the marine energy industry," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 1093-1100, March.
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    6. Cécile Chanut-Guieu & Gilles Guieu, 2012. "Les caractéristiques du dirigeant de PME en hypercroissance : une revue de la littérature," Post-Print halshs-01413710, HAL.
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    8. Indujeeva Peiris & Michèle Akoorie & Paresha Sinha, 2012. "International entrepreneurship: A critical analysis of studies in the past two decades and future directions for research," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 10(4), pages 279-324, December.
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    10. Efrat, Kalanit & Shoham, Aviv, 2012. "Born global firms: The differences between their short- and long-term performance drivers," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 47(4), pages 675-685.
    11. Louis Raymond & Josée St-Pierre & Bruno Fabi & Richard Lacoursière, 2009. "From the intent to the growth of manufacturing SMEs: an empirical study of strategic configurations," Post-Print hal-01705771, HAL.


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