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Interconnecting exporter types with export growth and decline patterns

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Vissak, Tiia and Lukanso, Oliver and Segovia Vargas, María Jesús (2018) Interconnecting exporter types with export growth and decline patterns. Review of International Business and Strategy, 28 (1). pp. 61-76. ISSN 2059-6014

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/RIBS-07-2017-0056



Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to find out if different exporter types dominate among matched mature Spanish and Estonian firms and whether these types are associated with specific export growth/decline patterns.
Design/methodology/approach – This study is based on firm-level data from the Estonian Business Register’s database of annual financial reports and SEPI Foundation’s survey on Spanish firms’ business strategies. From both countries, 242 firms were included and the period 2009-2013 was chosen.
Findings – Committed exporters (with 75 per cent or higher export shares) dominated in Estonia and experimental exporters (with export shares mostly below 10 per cent) in Spain. While in Estonia, the most frequent export growth/decline pattern encompassed four consecutive growth years, in Spain, it had two consecutive growth years and then two decline years. Spanish firms’ export growth/decline patterns were more random: 12 patterns of 16 fell within the range of a random walk assumption, while in Estonia, only 5 patterns were within the range. Contingency existed between exporter types and export growth/decline patterns only for the whole sample.
Originality/value – This paper studies if committed/aggressive/active exporters experience more export fluctuations than passive/experimental exporters, and how random export growth/decline patterns are.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Random walk, Export, De-internationalization, Mature firms
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics
Social sciences > Economics > World economy
Social sciences > Economics > Business enterprises
Social sciences > Economics > Economic geography
ID Code:60311
Deposited On:04 May 2020 09:17
Last Modified:22 Oct 2020 12:37

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