Entrepreneurial Alertness and Business Model Innovation in Dynamic Markets: International Performance Implications for SMEs

Yong Kyu Lew, Nadia Zahoor, Francis Donbesuur, Huda Khan

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Abstract

A significant yet rarely probed question in the international entrepreneurship literature is to what extent and when entrepreneurial alertness (EA) manifests into international performance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Using survey data from 214 SMEs in the United Arab Emirates, this study investigates the relationships between EA, business model innovation (BMI), domestic market dynamism and internationalisation scope of SMEs. The
study finds that BMI (i.e., entrepreneurial action) significantly mediates the relationship between EA (i.e., entrepreneurial capability) and SMEs’ internationalisation scope (i.e., international performance). Furthermore, when domestic market dynamism is high, the effect of BMI on internationalisation scope is strengthened. These findings provide theoretical and practical implications for international entrepreneurship research in the SME context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-243
Number of pages20
JournalR&D Management
Volume53
Issue number2
Early online date21 Sept 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgement
This research was supported by Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Research Fund. This research was financially supported by Queen Mary University of London.

Keywords

  • Entrepreneurial alertness
  • business model innovation
  • internationalisation scope
  • market dynamism
  • SMEs

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