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The role of context in SME internationalization: A review


This article reviews how context has been considered in studies on SME internationalization. It examines 333 articles published during the period 2010–2020 in leading international business, entrepreneurship, strategy and international marketing journals. It identifies their key findings, discusses the theoretical perspectives informing this literature, analyzes conceptual and methodological challenges, and suggests paths for theory development and future research. The review also provides a platform from which to address some of the limitations in in- ternational business [IB] theories when applied to SMEs, including organizational size as a boundary condition.

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Child, John
Karmowska, Joanna
Shenkar, Oded

Oxford Brookes departments

Oxford Brookes Business School


Year of publication: 2021
Date of RADAR deposit: 2021-11-22

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