International SMEs from emerging markets—Insights from the Colombian textile and apparel industry

  • Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-PerezEmail author
  • Eva Cristina Manotas
  • Luciano Ciravegna


The internationalization of firms from emerging markets has been studied mainly from the perspective of large firms. Smaller and younger international firms based in emerging markets suffer from underrepresentation in the literature. This study sheds light on the internationalization of emerging market SMEs, focusing on Colombian textile and apparel exporters. Using mixed research methods, it illustrates the role of firm age in influencing internationalization strategy. It examines 1165 export contracts by 50 SMEs, discussing export intensity, speed, and geographic scope using recurrence analysis and cluster analysis. It contributes to international entrepreneurship by exploring new empirical evidence and examining it using a novel methodological approach.


Emerging markets Latin America SMEs Internationalization Recurrence analysis Cluster analysis Exports Textiles Colombia Apparel industry 

JEL Classification

M160 F140 F23 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Organization and Management Department, Business SchoolUniversidad EAFITMedellinColombia
  2. 2.Organization Engineering Department, Facultad de MinasUniversidad Nacional de ColombiaMedellinColombia
  3. 3.Political Economy of Emerging Markets, King’s CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.INCAEAlajuelaCosta Rica

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