Towards De-internationalisation of Entrepreneurial SMEs: Exploring Internal and External Factors

Vahid Jafari-Sadeghi, Hannan Amoozad Mahdiraji, Demetris Vrontis, Léo-Paul Dana

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In recent years, the global business environment has witnessed a wave of de-internationalisation among not only multinationals but also small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This disengagement of cross-border activities is deemed to be driven by various firm-specific determinants as well as external factors. Building on the premise of dynamic capabilities view and institutional theory, this paper is set to disentangle the extent to which internal and external factors drive SMEs towards de-internationalisation. To address our research objectives, we take advantage of a hybrid multi-layer decision-making-mathematical modelling approach. Our key findings reveal two distinct frameworks reflecting the general interrelationship amongst internals and externals. Also, the subordinate level explores the unique compositions leading to different de-internationalisation modes. In this vein, our findings highlight two categories of factors namely reducing and terminating factors, which drive SMEs into respectively partial and full de-internationalisation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022


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