This paper has two objectives in the area of industrialised small- and medium-sized industrial company (SME) export activity. First, it responds to the gap in the literature on the role of market intelligence in the interrelations between perceived psychic distance, marketing mix decisions and export performance. The second objective concerns the influence of resource heterogeneity (size and export department) in the proposed model.
The current paper tests a posited research model and its hypotheses using the data from a multi-sector sample of exporters (196 Spanish industrial SMEs). The data are analyzed using a partial least squares approach.
The results of the empirical study show that: strategic decisions to adapt marketing mix elements to suit foreign markets have a positive effect on export performance; strategic adaptations are more numerous when export managers perceive a greater psychic distance; an export department helps develop market intelligence ability, which positively moderates the impact of strategic adaptations on export performance; and size does not have a significant effect on the interrelations studied.
Export managers in industrial SMEs can use the results and conclusions of this present paper to systematise their decision-making in export activity.
This paper makes a significant contribution towards covering an important gap in research into industrial SME exporters, by demonstrating the importance of market intelligence in export activity.
Navarro-García, A., Peris-Oritz, M. and Barrera-Barrera, R. (2016), "Market intelligence effect on perceived psychic distance, strategic behaviours and export performance in industrial SMEs", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 365-380. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-03-2013-0065Download as .RIS
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