Collaboration and Internationalization of SMEs: Insights and Recommendations from a Systematic Review

30 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2020

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Nadia Zahoor

University of Central Lancashire - Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Omar Al‐Tabbaa

University of Kent

Zaheer Khan

University of Aberdeen

Geoffrey Wood

Western University

Date Written: October 1, 2020

Abstract

This paper performs a systematic literature review of the undeniably diverse – and somewhat fragmented – current state of research on the collaborations and internationalization of small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs). We analyze key works and synthesize them into a framework that conceptually maps key antecedents, mediators, and moderators that influence the internationalization of SMEs. In addition, we highlight limitations of the literature, most notably in terms of theoretical fragmentation; extant theories are deployed and illustrated but rarely extended in a manner that significantly informs subsequent work. At an applied (but related) level, we argue the need for supplementary work that explores the distinct stages of internationalization – and the scope and scale of this process – rather than assuming closure around particular events. With this, we highlight the need for more rigorous and empirically informed explorations of contextual effects that take account of the consequences of developments in the global economic ecosystem.

Suggested Citation

Zahoor, Nadia and Al‐Tabbaa, Omar and Khan, Zaheer and Wood, Geoffrey, Collaboration and Internationalization of SMEs: Insights and Recommendations from a Systematic Review (October 1, 2020). International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 427-456, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3704862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12238

Nadia Zahoor

University of Central Lancashire - Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise ( email )

Preston, PR1 2HE
United Kingdom

Omar Al‐Tabbaa

University of Kent

CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

Zaheer Khan (Contact Author)

University of Aberdeen ( email )

Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

Geoffrey Wood

Western University ( email )

1151 Richmond St
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Canada

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