Tatyana Tsukanova defended her doctoral thesis
On 4 November Tatyana Tsukanova defended her doctoral thesis „Insights into the export behavior of smes from emerging economies: evidence from Russia and China“.
The objective of the thesis was to provide a deeper understanding of the export behavior of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of emerging economies on the example of Russia and China.
Senior Research Fellow Tiia Vissak, TÜ majandusteaduskond
Professor Ilan Alon (PhD) University of Agderi Ülikool, Norawy
Professor Romeo Turcan (PhD) University of Aalborg, Denmark
This thesis is based on three empirical studies that address different aspects of export behavior. Study 1 is a pilot study providing initial evidence on the potential factors that can affect the early and rapid internationalization of SMEs (born globals) from emerging economies. Using China as a research context, it presents some important characteristics of exporters (born globals and non-born globals) and opens the topic by highlighting significant differences between them, using simple statistical analysis. The Study indicates two avenues for further research: to focus on deeper analysis of the key factors that can drive the early and rapid internationalization of SMEs from emerging economies (Study 2) and to highlight the role of the institutional environment for SMEs’ export behavior (Study 3).
Study 2 provides insights into the impacts of three factors – foreign knowledge, networks and government support – as identified in Study 1 on the emergence of Chinese born globals by applying logistic analysis. The last two factors are also analyzed as moderators between foreign knowledge and the likelihood of early and rapid internationalization. The symbiosis of these factors is explained and some important reasons for heterogeneity among exporters are outlined.
Study 3 reveals the role of home country institutions on SMEs’ export behavior. The context of Russia offers interesting insights into this area as its institutional environment is often characterized as unfavorable and exporting is rather challenging for SMEs. Evidence is provided regarding the institutional factors that can impede or facilitate SMEs’ internationalization. Thus, all Studies are complementary and provide a better understanding of the complex process of SMEs’ internationalization.
Dear Tatyana Tsukanova,
Congratulations on receiving your PhD!