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Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1756-1396
Currently published as: Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Online from: 2009

Subject Area: Enterprise and Innovation

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An empirical study of entrepreneurial orientation and degree of internationalization of small and medium-sized Chinese manufacturing enterprises


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Title:An empirical study of entrepreneurial orientation and degree of internationalization of small and medium-sized Chinese manufacturing enterprises
Author(s):Qingxin Lan, (Institute of International Business, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China), Songxu Wu, (University of California, Berkeley, California, USA)
Citation:Qingxin Lan, Songxu Wu, (2010) "An empirical study of entrepreneurial orientation and degree of internationalization of small and medium-sized Chinese manufacturing enterprises", Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship, Vol. 2 Iss: 1, pp.53 - 75
Keywords:China, Entrepreneurialism, Globalization, Manufacturing industries, Market orientation, Small to medium-sized enterprises
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17561391011019023 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a reliable and valid understanding of entrepreneurship and examine the relationships between small and medium-sized Chinese manufacturing enterprises, the intensity of their entrepreneurial orientation and the degree of their internationalization. In addition, it examines whether entrepreneurial orientation would affect enterprises' internationalization strategies and their success.

Design/methodology/approach – The seven-step procedure for scale development is used and survey data have been utilized to conduct statistical analysis.

Findings – The paper finds that entrepreneurial orientation is positively related to the degree of internationalization, particularly amongst the small and medium-sized Chinese manufacturing enterprises. The international experiences of enterprises have significant importance and positively affect the degree of their internationalization. In addition, the degree of their success depends greatly on their attitudes towards risk taking, their ability to diversify internationally and successfully compete with those already established in the market.

Originality/value – A lot of studies have been conducted on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial orientation. However, few people have ever studied the relation between the degree of entrepreneurial orientation and internationalization. Empirical studies on the correlations between entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance are not abundant in China. Furthermore, very few researches on the correlations between entrepreneurial orientation and internationalization have been conducted. The research presented in this paper is intended to bridge this gap. Through empirical analyses of their relationships, this paper shows how entrepreneurial strategies can stimulate competitive advantages and drive forward the international developments of the Chinese enterprises, particularly the small and medium-sized.



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