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Business networking and internationalization: testing the mediation role of organizational learning

Kasimu Sendawula (Department of Marketing and Management, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Muhammed Ngoma (Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Makerere University Business School, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Juma Bananuka (Department of Accounting, Makerere University Business School, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Saadat Nakyejwe Lubowa Kimuli (Department of Entrepreneurship, Makerere University Business School, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Frank Kabuye (Department of Accounting, Makerere University Business School, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5961

Article publication date: 23 June 2020

Issue publication date: 29 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to establish the mediation role of organizational learning in the relationship between business networking and internationalization of manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) using evidence from Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is cross sectional and correlational. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey of 96 manufacturing SMEs. Data were analyzed through correlation coefficients, hierarchical regression and mediation analysis using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences and MedGraph - Excel Version.

Findings

Findings indicate that organizational learning partially mediates the relationship between business networking and internationalization of SMEs. Results further reveal that business networking and organizational learning significantly predict internationalization of SMEs.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the already existing literature on internationalization of SMEs as it provides initial empirical evidence on the mediating role of organizational learning in the relationship between business networking and internationalization of SMEs using evidence from a developing country – Uganda.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank to the Editor Prof. Ahmed Allam and the two anonymous reviewers for the insightful comments and timely feedback.

Citation

Sendawula, K., Ngoma, M., Bananuka, J., Kimuli, S.N.L. and Kabuye, F. (2021), "Business networking and internationalization: testing the mediation role of organizational learning", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 246-259. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-04-2020-0030

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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