An exploration of the management practices and processes most closely associated with high levels of export capability in SMEs

DOOLE, I., GRIMES, T. and DEMACK, S. (2006). An exploration of the management practices and processes most closely associated with high levels of export capability in SMEs. Marketing intelligence and planning, 24 (6), 632-647.

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Purpose – To take a more holistic and integrated view than in existing studies of export capability among small and medium-sized enterprises, by exploring the key components of marketing management, and the blend of processes, practices and activities most closely associated with high levels of overall export performance. Design/methodology/approach – The principal research instrument is the export marketing profiling system developed by the authors over a five-year period, which provided the framework for data collection and analysis. Findings are derived from 250 semi-structured interviews conducted in SMEs in the Yorkshire and Humber region of the UK. Findings – The study identified 17 key practices, processes and activities that, taken together, are closely associated with export performance. They relate primarily to export marketing strategy, and suggest that a blend of capabilities in the areas of knowledge management (including market research and marketing intelligence), relationship-building, product strategy and pricing are most closely associated with success. Practical implications – The study has particular implications for business-support providers. The findings could be used to assess and evaluate export capability in a wider sense. The conceptual framework could serve as a diagnostic tool for the identification of the areas of operation in which support, intervention and investment might have the greatest impact on overall export capability. Further research in these areas would be of particular importance in the drive to understand the relationship between export capability and performance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: exports, international marketing, marketing management, small-to-medium sized enterprises, United Kingdom
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
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Page Range: 632-647
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 20 May 2008
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 21:45

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