Cao, X, Lin, Z and Cottam, E (2019) International networking and knowledge acquisition of Chinese SMEs: The role of global mind-set and international entrepreneurial orientation. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 32 (5-6). pp. 449-465. ISSN 0898-5626

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Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasing their international networking and knowledge acquisition activities. This paper attempts to explain this phenomenon by examining the joint influence of leader global mind-set and firms’ international entrepreneurial orientation on those two internationalisation activities. A conceptual model was developed and tested with data from a sample of 208 SMEs in China. The results indicate that both leader global mind-set and firm’s international entrepreneurial orientation have a direct impact on Chinese SMEs’ international networking and knowledge acquisition activities; in addition, leader global mind-set has an indirect effect through the mediation of firms’ international entrepreneurial orientation. The findings of this study provide important theoretical and practical implications.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global mind-set, international entrepreneurial orientation, social network, knowledge acquisition, Chinese SME
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 14:58
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2021 01:30

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