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The internationalization of Indian SMEs in B‐to‐B markets

Rajshekhar (Raj) G. Javalgi (Department of Marketing, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Patricia Todd (Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA)
Elad Granot (Department of Marketing, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 23 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to examine the effect of market orientation on the international performance of Indian SMEs in the business‐to‐business market; assess the potential moderating effect of environmental uncertainty, along with market orientation, on SMEs' performance; and discuss implications to guide SME owners/managers in their efforts to successfully expand internationally in turbulent markets.

Design/methodology/approach

Surveys were sent to a random cross‐sectional industry sample of SMEs located in India. The data consisted of 150 responses.

Findings

Market orientation and international orientation are positively related to export performance and the relationship between the market orientation and international performance of Indian SMEs is moderated by market turbulence.

Research limitations/implications

The data were collected at a single point in time, and therefore do not allow the determination of cause and effect or the impact of changes over time. Data were collected with a reliance on self‐reports for all of the research variables.

Practical implications

The positive relationship between market orientation, international orientation, and the degree of internationalization of the firm would suggest that the upper management of Indian SMEs should place a priority on promoting behaviors consistent with a positive international orientation, especially in turbulent markets.

Originality/value

Studies focused on market orientation have been done primarily in the context of advanced economies. The significant economic contribution of SMEs is well understood, but their business practices in emerging economies have not been studied extensively. This study extends the literature concerning factors that impact business success in an important emerging market such as India.

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Citation

Javalgi, R.(R).G., Todd, P. and Granot, E. (2011), "The internationalization of Indian SMEs in B‐to‐B markets", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 26 No. 7, pp. 542-548. https://doi.org/10.1108/08858621111162343

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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