International Entrepreneurial Behavior of Internationalizing African SMEs - Towards a New Research Agenda

Nadia Zahoor* (Corresponding Author), Zaheer Khan, Martin Meyer, Benjamin Laker

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Research on international entrepreneurial behavior of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) originating from Africa has received growing scholarly attention. Despite an increasing body of research, literature to date remained fragmented, theoretically limited, and empirically inconclusive, thereby leaving important topics underexplored. This paper seeks to address this shortcoming through a systematic literature critically analyzing and synthesizing research from 66 articles published in leading journals from 1995–2021. Our paper describes how research on international entrepreneurial behavior of African internationalizing SMEs has evolved over time and identifies key gaps in the
existing literature, thereby identifying future avenues for research. , Mapping descriptive findings in terms of methods, geography, and theoretical perspectives, we further developed an integrative framework to frame insights from the current literature findings and offer important opportunities for
future research on internationalizing SMEs originating from Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113367
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Business Research
Early online date29 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023

Bibliographical note


  • International entrepreneurial behavior
  • internationalization
  • Africa
  • SMEs
  • International new ventures
  • Systematic review


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