Regional Expansion of SMEs From an Emerging Market: The Roles of Domestic Market Environmental Uncertainty and International Alliance Partner Diversity

N. Zahoor, F Donbesuur, A Nwoba, Huda Khan* (Corresponding Author)

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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 small and medium-sized enterprises’ (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 higher levels of cross-cultural knowledge absorption. The research and practical implications of these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Domestic market uncertainty
  • international alliance partner diversity
  • crosscultural knowledge absorption
  • regional expansion
  • emerging markets
  • Pakistan

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