Advances in Economics and Business Vol. 5(4), pp. 177 - 189
DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2017.050401
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SME Internationalization: Investigating Antecedents and the Effect of Organizational Capabilities on Strategy in the German MedTech Industry


Gunther Heiß *
The Business School, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

ABSTRACT

This paper is focusing on SME internationalization and investigates the antecedents and the effects of organizational capabilities on strategy in the German MedTech industry. However, the impact of existing research in this field is relatively poor and is not yet applicable in other countries or industries. As a consequence, a systematic review of the literature has been conducted. The results have shown heterogeneous research results in the field of strategy and capabilities and the need for further research in this context. In a focus group discussion antecedents as well as the most important factors related to strategy were emphasized and further important aspects that focus on capabilities were revealed. Overall, the review indicates an initial conceptual model, in which significant findings could be identified. During the focus group discussion subject matter experts refined them in a country-, industry- or firm-specific way. The results will serve as a strategic input for SME's in the German MedTech industry.

KEYWORDS
Internationalization, SME's, MedTech, Antecedents, Organizational Capabilities

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Gunther Heiß . "SME Internationalization: Investigating Antecedents and the Effect of Organizational Capabilities on Strategy in the German MedTech Industry." Advances in Economics and Business 5.4 (2017) 177 - 189. doi: 10.13189/aeb.2017.050401.