Antecedents of SME export intensity in a Latin American market

Bianchi, Constanza & Wickramasekera, Rumintha (2016) Antecedents of SME export intensity in a Latin American market. Journal of Business Research, 69(10), pp. 4368-4376.

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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from emerging markets in Latin America are increasingly engaging in export-related activities. Nevertheless, limited research exists into the export behavior of such firms. This study proposes and tests a conceptual model that includes the main drivers and inhibitors of export intensity for SMEs from Chile. The model uses confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to develop the underlying multi-item constructs and structural equation modeling (SEM) to test the model. Results show that manager’s export commitment as well as managerial and organizational resources and capabilities are drivers of export intensity. In addition, the results show that managerial perceptions of internal barriers, such as a manager’s lack of international experience and knowledge, act as significant barriers to developing exports. However, unlike previous findings from developed countries no evidence exists of external cost barriers having a significant impact on export intensity, which is possibly an indication of a competitive business environment in Chile.

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ID Code: 93304
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: export intensity, export drivers, export inhibitors, Latin America, Chile
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2016.02.041
ISSN: 0148-2963
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier
Deposited On: 29 Feb 2016 01:07
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2016 17:43

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