The purpose of this study is twofold. First, it aims at exploring different export patterns of Swedish SMEs in the manufacturing and retail sectors, with a specific focus on patterns of international market exit and re-entry. Second, it aims at investigating the factors that might drive the export patterns of SMEs. Obtaining more insight into the different export patterns of SMEs, including how often firms exit from foreign markets and whether and how often they re-enter, can help policy-makers to devise policies to better support export activities by SMEs. As mentioned previously, this is a very important issue in Sweden and a top priority for the Swedish Government. For managers, such information will show that patterns of exit and re-entry might be frequent and that some flexibility in international planning might be required.
By Lucia Naldi and Andrea Kuiken, Professor and Doctoral at Jönköping International Business School
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