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Export promotion programmes for assisting SMEs

Dafnis N. Coudounaris (School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia)

Review of International Business and Strategy

ISSN: 2059-6014

Article publication date: 5 March 2018




This paper aims to shed light on how small- and medium-sized enterprises can use export promotion programmes (EPPs) to improve their performance. The proposed conceptual model focuses on the need that the mechanism of awareness and use of EPPs should play a more active strategic role in shaping the firm’s export performance.


A meta-analysis of the pertinent literature reveals 16 studies on EPPs.


This study reveals that there are 16 relationships which are important based on the meta-analytic correlations. The analysis of these relationships shows that EPPs, export performance, strategy, knowledge, commitment, capabilities, competitive advantage and experience are the mostly used constructs.


This investigation supports the view that the moderating effects of the improvement of trust relationship between partners, i.e. importers to exporter and public policymakers to exporter, and the mechanism of awareness and use of EPPs accelerate the firm’s export performance. EPPs explain 31.3 per cent of the variance in export performance indicating their catalytic role in the exports’ growth.



The work by Dr Dafnis N. Coudounaris was supported by the institutional research funding IUT (IUT20-49) of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.


Coudounaris, D.N. (2018), "Export promotion programmes for assisting SMEs", Review of International Business and Strategy, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 77-110.



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