The Impact of Resources on Small Firm Internationalization


  • Candida G. Brush Boston University
  • Linda F. Edelman Bentley College
  • Tatiana Manolova Boston University


Theory posits that resource type and composition determine a firm's geographic scope.  To date,  few   studies   test   this  premise.  This  article  compares   resource  profiles   of internationalized  and non-internationalized  small firms,  then examines  the impact  of five types of resources  on their  internationalization  strategies.   Results  show  that resource profiles differ between internationalized and non-internationalized firms, and that social and financial resources   are   more   important   than  human   resources  for   small  firms   pursuing   an internationalization  strategy.   For firms  selling a greater  variety of international products, achieved owner founder  attributes need to be strong. Small firm  managers should build a solid social network and develop international competencies if they plan to internationalize.


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The Impact of Resources on Small Firm Internationalization. (2002). Journal of Small Business Strategy (archive Only), 13(1), 1-17.