International networking and knowledge acquisition of Chinese SMEs: The role of global mind-set and international entrepreneurial orientation

Lin, Zhibin, Cao, Xuebing and Cottam, Ed (2019) International networking and knowledge acquisition of Chinese SMEs: The role of global mind-set and international entrepreneurial orientation. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. ISSN 0898-5626 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/08985626.2019.1640459

Abstract

Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasing their international networking and knowledge acquisition activities. This paper attempts to explain this phenomenon by examining the joint influence of leader global mind-set and firms’ international entrepreneurial orientation on those two internationalisation activities. A conceptual model was developed and tested with data from a sample of 208 SMEs in China. The results indicate that both leader global mind-set and firm’s international entrepreneurial orientation have a direct impact on Chinese SMEs’ international networking and knowledge acquisition activities; in addition, leader global mind-set has an indirect effect through the mediation of firms’ international entrepreneurial orientation. The findings of this study provide important theoretical and practical implications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global mind-set; international entrepreneurial orientation; social network; knowledge acquisition; Chinese SME
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 11:52
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38059

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