International entrepreneurial SMEs in the muslim world: The role of religion in the GCC countries

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Younis, H., Dimitratos, P. and Elbanna, S. (2022). International entrepreneurial SMEs in the muslim world: The role of religion in the GCC countries. International Business Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2022.102023
AuthorsYounis, H., Dimitratos, P. and Elbanna, S.
Abstract Recent studies examining the internationalisation of SMEs in emerging economies have observed that religion affects international market entry, which suggests that specific cultural aspects, such as religion, have not hitherto received enough attention. Hence, this study examines a theme that has seemingly escaped the research agenda: how does religion affect SMEs’ internationalisation? The study draws empirical evidence from 10 manufacturing SMEs located in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Through an embedded approach to case study research, the study queries the role of religion in the development of intra-Muslim internationalisation and contributes to the scant literature that examines the impact of Islamic values on international business activities. The findings show three dimensions of Islamic entrepreneurship, viz. regional rather than international networking orientation, risk aversion and proactiveness.
KeywordsSMEs, born regional, religion, internationalisation, Islam; international entrepreneurship
Year2022
JournalInternational Business Review
PublisherElsevier
ISSN09695931
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2022.102023
Funder/ClientQatar University & Marubeni Corporation
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Print09 Jun 2022
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Deposited30 May 2022
Accepted26 May 2022
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Page range102023
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