Outward Internationalisation of Emerging Market Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: Contract Manufacturing Relationship with Developed Market Multinational Enterprise(s) and Capabilities Development

International Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets: Nature, Drivers, Barriers and Determinants

ISBN: 978-1-78769-564-1, eISBN: 978-1-78769-563-4

ISSN: 2040-7246

Publication date: 18 November 2019

Abstract

This chapter conceptually addresses outward internationalisation of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from the emerging markets (EMs) by focussing on the role of prior contract manufacturing relationships with a developed market multinational enterprise (DMNE). The internationalisation of SMEs originating from EMs is a rather under-researched area and the role of prior contract manufacturing experience specifically has not been addressed in prior studies. Based on a literature review, the authors identified four capabilities developed by EM SMEs during their contract manufacturing relationships with DMNE(s) that potentially help in later outward internationalisation. The authors incorporate some insights from dynamic capabilities theory, and develop propositions addressing the role of relational capital, human capital, manufacturing productivity capabilities and product innovation capabilities in this specific context. Despite being conceptual in nature, this chapter is one of the first to explicitly highlight the role of these specific capabilities developed during contract manufacturing relationship for outward internationalisation, setting bases for future studies to further empirically investigate them in different contexts.

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Arslan, A., Naughton, S., Tabas, A.M. and Puhakka, V. (2019), "Outward Internationalisation of Emerging Market Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: Contract Manufacturing Relationship with Developed Market Multinational Enterprise(s) and Capabilities Development", Haddoud, M.Y., Jones, P. and Onjewu, A.-K.E. (Ed.) International Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets: Nature, Drivers, Barriers and Determinants (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 10), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 99-113. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-724620190000010010

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