Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 807–825 | Cite as

The Influence of the Management Team's International Experience on the Internationalization Behaviors of SMES

  • A. Rebecca Reuber
  • Eileen Fischer


Why are some small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) more successful in selling outside their domestic markets than are other SMEs in the same industry? Although the traditional explanation is that firms can gain valuable knowledge and resources as they become older and larger, small and young firms are not necessarily disadvantaged if they develop other mechanisms to acquire the requisite knowledge and resources. We examine the role of the management team's international experience as such a mechanism, for the internationalization of Canadian software product firms. We show that internationally experienced management teams have a greater propensity to develop foreign strategic partners and to delay less in obtaining foreign sales after start-up, and that these behaviors are associated with a higher degree of internationalization.


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© Academy of International Business 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Rebecca Reuber
    • 1
  • Eileen Fischer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Toronto
  2. 2.York University

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