Learning from foreign operation modes: The virtuous path for innovation

Cristina Villar*, José Pla-Barber, Pervez Ghauri

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this article, we analyze the impact of learning from internationalization on small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs) performance along different development paths. Drawing on the exploitation versus exploration logic, we use an alternative view of foreign operation modes (the learning perspective) to provide insights into the impact of such learning on technological and organizational innovation as well as overall performance. Our results, which are derived from a sample of 132 SMEs active in traditional manufacturing industries, point to a path to superior performance that entails resource-augmenting operation modes and organizational innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-171
Number of pages13
JournalBRQ Business Research Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The authors are grateful for the financial support received from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (ECO201785456R) and Valencian Government (GV/2017/155).

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© The Author(s) 2020.


  • Exploitation
  • exploration
  • innovation
  • operation mode
  • organizational learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management


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