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

Zhibin Lin, Xuebing Cao, Tom Cottam

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-465
Number of pages17
JournalEntrepreneurship and Regional Development
Volume32
Issue number5-6
Early online date8 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2020

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