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The influence of experience and deliberate learning on SME export performance
Felicitas Evangelista1; Lancy Mac2
2016
Source PublicationInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
ABS Journal Level2
ISSN1355-2554
Volume22Issue:6Pages:860 – 879
Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine the relative importance of deliberate learning, learning from experience and relevant learning co-variates in pursuing market learning, and to assess the impact of market learning on export performance in smaller firms.

Design/methodology/approach

A theoretical model was initially developed and subsequently tested using survey data. The standard two step approach of first testing the measurement model and then estimating the structural model was adopted.

Findings

The results provide concrete evidence that among SMEs, deliberate learning has a greater impact on export market learning as compared to experience accumulation, and that market learning has a significant effect on export performance. The results also show that absorptive capacity and commitment to learning are significant co-variates of market learning.

Originality/value

This paper focuses on the role of deliberate learning vis-a-vis learning by experience in achieving foreign market learning and export performance in smaller firms. It addresses a major limitation of organisational learning studies which tend to focus mainly on experiential learning and organisational learning in large organisations.

KeywordExport Learning Small To Medium Sized Enterprises Experiential Learning Deliberate Learning
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-12-2015-0300
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaBusiness ; Management
WOS SubjectBusiness ; Management
WOS IDWOS:000386046500005
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Business Administration
DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING
Affiliation1.School of Business, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
2.Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau, Macau, China
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Felicitas Evangelista,Lancy Mac. The influence of experience and deliberate learning on SME export performance[J]. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research,2016,22(6):860 – 879.
APA Felicitas Evangelista,&Lancy Mac.(2016).The influence of experience and deliberate learning on SME export performance.International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research,22(6),860 – 879.
MLA Felicitas Evangelista,et al."The influence of experience and deliberate learning on SME export performance".International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research 22.6(2016):860 – 879.
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