International Corporate Entrepreneurship Among SMEs: A Test of Stevenson's Notion of Entrepreneurial Management

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Lucia Naldi

Jonkoping University - Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS)

Leona Achtenhagen

Jonkoping University - Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS)

Per Davidsson

Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane Graduate School of Business

Date Written: July 2015

Abstract

Despite increasing attention devoted to international entrepreneurship, little is known about firm‐level entrepreneurship carried out by established small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) in international markets. We apply the opportunity‐based conceptualization of “Entrepreneurial Management” by Howard Stevenson to international corporate entrepreneurship activities of SMEs. We hypothesize that the different dimensions of Stevenson's theory have a positive impact on SMEs' international corporate entrepreneurship. We test the hypotheses on a longitudinal sample of international SMEs. Our results show the expected positive effects of some, but not all, aspects of Stevenson's theory. Thereby, the paper suggests more precise boundary conditions of the theory and contributes to the literature on international corporate entrepreneurship by SMEs.

Suggested Citation

Naldi, Lucia and Achtenhagen, Leona and Davidsson, Per, International Corporate Entrepreneurship Among SMEs: A Test of Stevenson's Notion of Entrepreneurial Management (July 2015). Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 53, Issue 3, pp. 780-800, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2620895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jsbm.12087

Lucia Naldi (Contact Author)

Jonkoping University - Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS) ( email )

Jönköping, 55111
Sweden

Leona Achtenhagen

Jonkoping University - Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS) ( email )

Jönköping, 55111
Sweden

Per Davidsson

Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane Graduate School of Business ( email )

Brisbane
Australia
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+61 7 3864 1299 (Fax)

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