Foreign Markets Entry Mode Decision for Italian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Using a resource-based view model, this paper examines the main factors influencing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) international entry mode selection. In addition, a possible relationship between firms belonging to industrial districts and the entry mode choice has been verified. Data for the analysis of this study were collected interviewing 221 owners/managers of SMEs in Italy. Results showed that entry mode decisions are mainly influenced by firm specific factors. Furthermore, the study does not support the hypothesis of a connection between the firm’s belonging to an industrial district and firms’ behavior in entry mode selection. This study has made it possible to detect by a resource-based perspective the main factors influencing the choice of entry modes.
|Date of creation:||20 Sep 2011|
|Date of revision:||31 Oct 2011|
|Publication status:||Published in International Journal of Business and Management 2.7(2012): pp. 3-16|
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