An exploratory study of the impact of Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) on Japanese SME internationalisation behaviour

Oe, Hiroko, Yamamoto, Satoshi and Do, Hang (2016) An exploratory study of the impact of Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) on Japanese SME internationalisation behaviour. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2016: Thriving in Turbulent Times; 6-8 Sep 2016, Newcastle, U.K.. ISBN 9780954960896

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Abstract

Japanese SMEs accounts for 99% of the national business population and generate more than 60% of employment in the private sector. Despite the backbone of the economy, only 10% of them are exporters, which raises the need for investigating determinants of their internationalisation behaviour. Japanese market and internal demand is sufficient to support their business sustainability which did not inspire the owner-managers’ decision towards internationalisation. This phenomenon indicates that the potential we should reconsider the positive relationships and impact of ‘traditional’ EO on SMEs internationalisation, such as ‘risk-taking’ attitudes. In other words, the EO dimensional framework to apply to the Japanese SME cases is missing. This study aims to investigate hidden elements that drive Japanese SMEs into the overseas activities, focusing on the manufacturing parts based sector. Our findings showed differentiated impacts of EO on SMEs internationalisation. The most distinctive EO element embedded in Japanese SMEs could be ‘risk’ related notions. Japanese SMEs perceive it not as ‘risk’, but ‘opportunities’ positively to capture new frontiers with new customers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2016: Thriving in Turbulent Times
Organising Body: British Academy of Management
Research Area: Business and management studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Business and Law > Small Business Research Centre
Depositing User: Hang Do
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2016 11:24
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 11:24
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/36011

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