Regional expansion of emerging market SMEs: the roles of domestic market environmental uncertainty and international alliance partner diversity

Nadia Zahoor, Francis Donbesuur, Arinze Christian Nwoba, Huda Khan

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Abstract

This study develops and tests a framework of the effect of domestic market environmental uncertainty on international alliance partner diversity (IAPD) and the effect of IAPD on SMEs' regional expansion. Leveraging primary data from a sample of 232 Pakistani SMEs, the findings indicate that domestic market dynamism and technological dynamism drive SMEs to engage in IAPD. The analysis further reveals that IAPD improves SMEs regional expansion, and particularly so at a higher levels of cross-cultural knowledge absorption. The research and practical implications of these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages31
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Early online date22 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • domestic market uncertainty
  • international alliance partner diversity
  • cross-cultural knowledge absorption
  • regional expansion
  • emerging markets
  • Pakistan

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