International SMEs from emerging markets—Insights from the Colombian textile and apparel industry

Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Eva Cristina Manotas, Luciano Ciravegna

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The internationalization of firms from emerging markets has been studied mainly from the perspective of large firms. Smaller and younger international firms based in emerging markets suffer from underrepresentation in the literature. This study sheds light on the internationalization of emerging market SMEs, focusing on Colombian textile and apparel exporters. Using mixed research methods, it illustrates the role of firm age in influencing internationalization strategy. It examines 1165 export contracts by 50 SMEs, discussing export intensity, speed, and geographic scope using recurrence analysis and cluster analysis. It contributes to international entrepreneurship by exploring new empirical evidence and examining it using a novel methodological approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-31
JournalJournal of International Entrepreneurship
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2016


  • Apparel industry
  • Cluster analysis
  • Colombia
  • Emerging markets
  • Exports
  • Internationalization
  • Latin America
  • Recurrence analysis
  • SMEs
  • Textiles


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