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The performance of export manufacturing firms: roles of international entrepreneurial capability and international opportunity recognition

Md Imtiaz Mostafiz (Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
Murali Sambasivan (Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai, India)
See Kwong Goh (Taylor's University - Lakeside Campus, Subang Jaya, Malaysia)

International Journal of Emerging Markets

ISSN: 1746-8809

Article publication date: 18 August 2020

Issue publication date: 14 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The international entrepreneurial capability has achieved its legitimacy in international business literature. Leveraging capabilities to recognise opportunities is considered a pivotal strategy to achieve success. Drawing on the entrepreneurship literature and opportunity perspective, this study aims to investigate the role of international entrepreneurial capability in enhancing the international opportunity recognition (IOR) process and the performance of export manufacturing firms.

Design/methodology/approach

Structural equation modelling has been used to test the hypothesised relationship on 388 export manufacturing entrepreneurial firms operating in the apparel industry of Bangladesh.

Findings

The results signify that three international entrepreneurial capabilities, namely, international networking, learning and marketing capability, positively enhance the IOR process of export manufacturing firms. The IOR process positively mediates the relationships between these international entrepreneurial capabilities and firm performance.

Originality/value

Merely having the international entrepreneurial capability is not sufficient to escalate the firm performance. It must be amplified by various strategic actions such as the IOR process. Entrepreneurs need to capitalise on the international entrepreneurial capability to leverage the IOR process and generate non-financial performance success. Entrepreneurial firms that focus more on stimulating non-financial performance can secure better financial performance.

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Citation

Mostafiz, M.I., Sambasivan, M. and Goh, S.K. (2021), "The performance of export manufacturing firms: roles of international entrepreneurial capability and international opportunity recognition", International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 16 No. 8, pp. 1813-1839. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOEM-09-2019-0732

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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