International opportunity recognition among small and medium-sized family firms

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dc.contributor.author Kontinen, Tanja
dc.contributor.author Ojala, Arto
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-22T10:11:27Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-22T10:11:27Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Kontinen, T. & Ojala, A. (2011). International opportunity recognition among small and medium-sized family firms. Journal of Small Business Management, 49 (3), 490-514. fi
dc.identifier.issn 0047-2778
dc.identifier.other TUTKAID_42447
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/36982
dc.description.abstract Current research in the field of entrepreneurship emphasizes the importance of opportunity recognition as a key element in the entrepreneurial process. It has been recognized that network ties, activeness and alertness, and prior knowledge are related to how entrepreneurs recognize new opportunities. However, it is unclear how important these factors are when a firm explores opportunities for entry into a foreign market. In this exploratory case study, covering the international opportunity recognition of eight family-owned SMEs, we found that the firms in question mainly recognized international opportunities by establishing new formal ties rather than using existing informal or family ties. The findings also indicated that due to the small size and the flexibility of the management team in family SMEs, these firms were able to react quickly to new international opportunities. However, there was no direct relationship between the prior knowledge of the firms and their international opportunity recognition. In addition, we found that trade exhibitions formed the primary context for the international opportunity recognition of the SMEs in this study. These findings motivate a set of five propositions that may lead to further studies on this topic. fi
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Small Business Management
dc.relation.ispartofseries Included in the following dissertation: Kontinen, Tanja (2011) "Internationalization pathways of family SMEs". Please see: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-4381-3
dc.subject.other kansainvälistyminen; kansainvälisten mahdollisuuksien havaitseminen; perheyritykset fi
dc.subject.other international opportunity recognition; family SMEs fi
dc.subject.other internationalization fi
dc.title International opportunity recognition among small and medium-sized family firms
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011111711691
dc.subject.kota 512
dc.contributor.laitos Kauppakorkeakoulu
dc.contributor.oppiaine Yrittäjyys fi
jyx.tutka.volyme 49
jyx.tutka.mnumber 3
jyx.tutka.pagetopage 490-514
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1540-627X.2011.00326.x
dc.date.updated 2011-11-17T07:27:07Z
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed
jyx.note Sisältyy myös väitöskirjaan: Kontinen, Tanja (2011) "Internationalization pathways of family SMEs". Ole hyvä ja tutustu väitöskirjaan osoitteesta http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-4381-3 fi
jyx.note Also included in the following dissertation: Kontinen, Tanja (2011) "Internationalization pathways of family SMEs". Please see Kontinen's dissertation via http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-4381-3 en

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