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Title: The impact of entrepreneurial orientation and networking capabilities on the export performance of Nigerian agricultural SMEs
Author: Ajayi , Busayo John
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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SME internationalisation is growing apace, signifying the global importance of SMEs to local and global economies. A key form of SME internationalisation is export. This research provides an empirical basis to understand how aspects of institutional factors could affect export performance of the Nigerian agricultural sector's SMEs. Nigeria is one of the fastest growing ' frontier' countries with growth rates 'second only to the BRICs and SMEs are playing a key role in this growth phenomenon. The agricultural sector is critical to growth in the Nigerian economy, in terms of both job creation and innovative outcomes, much of which- is achieved as a result of their ability to exploit their products. The study ,!assesses the relationship between entrepreneurial oriel1tation, networking capability, institutional environment factors and exploit performance of Nigerian agricultural sector SMEs using correlation analysis; the result affirms that there is a strong positive relationship between entrepreneurial orientation, network capabilities, institutional environment factors and export performance of agricultural sector SMEs in Nigeria. The study investigates the role of institutional environment factors using regression analysis; the result shows that institutional environment factors have a significant and negative effect on the influence of entrepreneurial orientation and networking capabilities to Nigerian agricultural SMEs' export performance. Our results suggest that the ability of agricultural SMEs to be proactive, innovative, take risks, manage its networking capabilities and institutional environment factors have a direct impact on exploit performance of Nigeria Agricultural SME's. The institutional environment factors like government policies, procedures and regulations lessen the influence of entrepreneurial orientation and networking capabilities on Nigerian agricultural SMEs' exploit performance. This analysis aims to alleviate the findings on SMEs' internationalisation literatures. This study contributes to the body of knowledge on SMEs' internationalisation, international business and entrepreneurship. The study provides insights for the 1 government policy makers, administrators and Nigerian exploit promotion institutions; on the interventions necessary to progressively promote agricultural sector SMEs' export performance. This research offers guidance for future research on agricultural SMEs' internationalisation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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