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Factors influencing the propensity to export: A study of UK and Portuguese textile firms

Serra, F, Pointon, J and Abdou, HAH 2011, 'Factors influencing the propensity to export: A study of UK and Portuguese textile firms' , International BusinessReview . (In Press)

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to determine which particular organizational and managerial factors contribute to the propensity to export in a declining sector. For this purpose the textile and clothing sector in Portugal and the United Kingdom is chosen for investigation. This study analyses firms’ resources and capabilities, as well as decision-makers’ objective and subjective characteristics in a sample of 167 Portuguese and 165 UK firms in the textile and clothing industry. The fundamental research questions are: which characteristics of the firm are associated with stronger export propensity, and is it possible to identify a profile of decision-makers associated with export propensity? For Portugal, the size of firm and the educational level of managers are the key determinants of export propensity. As to the UK, age and perception of costs are the key factors. In addition, we also investigated managers’ commitment to exporting, for which the important determinants of export propensity in the textile and clothing sector were found to be planning, advertising and promotion. When combining the two country data-sets, particular firm characteristics, namely, firm size, competitive advantage, and technology, and a specific objective characteristic, namely, the number of languages spoken, are the key factors associated with the propensity to export in this declining sector.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory > HB0522 Income. Factor shares > HB0615 Entrepreneurship. Risk and uncertainty.
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Finance, Accounting and Economics
Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law
Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School
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Journal or Publication Title: International BusinessReview
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0969-5931
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Depositing User: Dr. Hussein A. Abdou
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2011 10:44
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:47
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/13010

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