Knowledge in the International Expansion of Small Firms: Some Empirical Evidence

By Julia Martin Armario, M. Angeles Rastrollo Horrillo and Eva María Gonzalez Robles.

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This article integrates contributions from the knowledge-based theory of the firm and the literature on international business to develop a conceptual framework for the contribution of knowledge management to improved performance in foreign markets. The structural equation modeling method is useful for relating the different levels of experiential knowledge with the firm’s stock of knowledge and the influence of this stock of knowledge on the adaptation of organizational capabilities to the market environment. The article provides empirical evidence relating knowledge management to foreign market performance in a sample of Spanish small and medium-sized export firms.

Keywords: Knowledge Management, Internationalization, Export Performance, Small and Medium-Sized Firms

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.79-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 687.171KB).

Dr. Julia Martin Armario

Assistan Professor, Business Administration Department, Málaga University, Málaga, Andalucia, Spain

Dr. Martin has spent considerable number of years at Málaga University where she’s Assistant Professor at the Business Administration Department of the School of Management. Doctorate on Business Administration from Malaga University, her research interests include international marketing, market orientation and knowledge management.

Dr. M. Angeles Rastrollo Horrillo

Associate Professor, Business Administration Department, Málaga University, Málaga, Andalucia, Spain

M. Angeles Rastrollo is Associate Professor of Business and Economics at the University of Malaga (Spain) since 1993. She has published several papers about the strategic and organizational implications of the knowledge economy. Her research interests include international business, knowledge management, and tourism management. She has been consultant for some public entities and businesses.

Dr. Eva María Gonzalez Robles

Assistant Professor, Business Administration Department, Málaga University, Málaga, Andalucia, Spain

Dr. Eva M. González Robles. Assistant Professor. Assistant Director of Coordinator and Quality. University School of Business Studies. University of Málaga.

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