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The antecedents and the outcomes of foreign market knowledge accumulation – the dynamic managerial capability perspective

Md Imtiaz Mostafiz (Faculty of Business and Law, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia and Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
Murali Sambasivan (Faculty of Business and Law, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia and Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai, India)
See Kwong Goh (Faculty of Business and Law, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 3 June 2019

Issue publication date: 14 June 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to establish the antecedents and the outcomes of foreign market knowledge (FMK) accumulation in the context of emerging economies. The antecedent is dynamic managerial capability (DMC) with managerial human capital, social capital and cognition as its dimensions. The outcomes are financial and non-financial performances. This study bridges the gap by linking individual-level capability and FMK accumulation to achieve performance.

Design/methodology/approach

This study has utilized a survey-based approach to collect data. The sample consists of 365 export manufacturing firms operating in the apparel industry of Bangladesh. Structural equation modeling analysis has been used to test the hypothesized model.

Findings

The direct effects of managerial social capital and managerial cognition on FMK accumulation are positively significant. The results also show that FMK accumulation fully mediates the relationship between: managerial social capital and financial and non-financial performances and managerial cognition and financial and non-financial performances.

Practical implications

Export manufacturing entrepreneurs in the low-tech industry should focus more on the network development and leverage on their cognitive mentality as a global mindset to succeed in international markets. These two factors are critical to accumulate foreign knowledge.

Originality/value

This study provides empirical evidence on dynamic managerial capability and FMK accumulation of export manufacturing firms in low-tech emerging economies context. Out of the three building blocks of DMC, this study has found that managerial social capital and managerial cognition of entrepreneurs are crucial as antecedents to FMK accumulation and firm performance.

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Citation

Mostafiz, M.I., Sambasivan, M. and Goh, S.K. (2019), "The antecedents and the outcomes of foreign market knowledge accumulation – the dynamic managerial capability perspective", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 34 No. 4, pp. 902-920. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-09-2018-0263

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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