What is it about?
Our empirical observations suggest an anomalous (at first glance) negative association between the entrepreneur’s level of higher education (a construct at individual level) and the attractiveness of the SME as a partner-firm vis-à-vis alliance formation (a construct at firm level). Our post-hoc model emphasises the role of practical experience and the corresponding levels of international entrepreneurial orientation as theorised variables mediating the observed empirical relationship.
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Why is it important?
Few studies look at the impact of a manager/entrepreneur’s characteristics on pre-alliance formation, despite recognition of the expected crucial role of the entrepreneur in this context and of the strong connection between an entrepreneur and their SME. A model is developed to explain our exploratory observations that suggest an anomalous (at first glance) negative association between the entrepreneur’s level of higher education and the attractiveness of the SME as a partner-firm vis-à-vis alliance formation.
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This page is a summary of: The negative influence of the entrepreneur’s level of higher education on the attractiveness of European SMEs as alliance partners in Brazil: the role of practical experience and international entrepreneurial orientation, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, April 2017, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1316758.
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