Internationalisation and its determinants: a hierarchical approach

Li, Tianchen ORCID: (2018) Internationalisation and its determinants: a hierarchical approach. International Business Review, 27 (4) . pp. 867-876. ISSN 0969-5931 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.ibusrev.2018.01.009)

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This study builds a hierarchical model to examine how country-level institutional dimensions impact the resource-based aspects on the internationalisation by early stage entrepreneurial firms. It combines the resource-based theory and the institutional theory to develop a model of internationalisation and empirically tests this model on a representative sample of nascent entrepreneurs using a hierarchical estimation design. By combining multiple datasets, cross-level (random-effects) moderation analysis is used to explicate the influence of a country’s institution on the effects of the resource-based determinants on the internationalisation by early stage entrepreneurial firms, and this method enables the study of country-level growth slopes. The results of the empirical research confirm the role of resource-based explanatory variables in predicting internationalisation and the positive moderating effect of institutions on this association, suggesting that along with the motivational factors emphasised by the resource-based theory, it is important not to underestimate the role of the institutional system in shaping the propensity and intensity of export activity.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 24028
Notes on copyright: © 2018. This author's accepted manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Depositing User: Tianchen Li
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 14:56
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 23:31

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