Dear Colleagues


I welcome papers for the above 1st Special Issue by IJEXPORTM in 2019 on the Internationalization process of SMEs and MNEs from and to AFRICA.

Guest editors for this special issue are: Dr Deusdedit A. Rwehumbiza from the University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Tanzania and Asso. Prof. Dr Dafnis N. Coudounaris from the University of Tartu, School of Economics and Business Administration, Tartu, Estonia.



Call for Papers

International Journal of Export Marketing (IJEXPORTM)

Special Issue on: "The Internationalisation Process of SMEs and MNEs from and to Africa"

Guest Editors: Dr. Deusdedit A. Rwehumbiza, University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Tanzania Associate Prof. Dafnis N. Coudounaris, University of Tartu, Estonia

This special issue aims to investigate SMEs' and MNEs' internationalisation processes from and to Africa. Studies on export activities, export barriers and export motives of born globals/international new ventures and other types of internationalisers, and also on African firms’ foreign direct investments, international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and divestments, are welcome. They can be conceptual or based on quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Studies based on data from more than one African country are especially welcome.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

Business opportunities in Africa for UK firms and impediments arising from Brexit

Business opportunities and impediments arising from Chinese multinationals' entry to Africa

Business opportunities and impediments arising from other changes in African firms' economic environment

African SMEs' export performance

African MNE's export performance

African firms' export motives and barriers

African exporters' de- and re-internationalisation (foreign market exits and re-entries)

Born globals established in African countries

Other internationalisers established in Africa

Immigrant and re-migrant entrepreneurship in Africa

The impact of network relationships on African firms' internationalisation

The impact of ownership change on African firms' internationalisation

Foreign direct investments by African firms

International joint ventures in Africa

Mergers and acquisitions in Africa

Factors causing African firms' divestment decisions

Global production networks and strategic coupling of African firms


Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 1 February, 2019

Notification to authors: 15 June, 2019

Final versions due by: 30 September, 2019


IJEXPORTM will publish 4 issues in 2018 and onwards and each issue will consist of 4 papers plus the editorial. IJEXPORTM is a rigorous peer reviewed journal and the review process of each paper is based on 3 reviewers. The reason of having 3 reviewers is to improve the quality of papers and to have a majority decision regarding the acceptance or rejection of the paper. Therefore, you have now another option in IB and export marketing to publish your paper. IJEXPORTM tries to enter SCOPUS and the emerging list of Web of Science. Meanwhile, USA list, Finnish list and Norwegian list have already accredited IJEXPORTM. Other lists will be very soon included this coming year.


Many thanks for sending your papers to IJEXPORTM for publication. Top scholars are ready to evaluate your papers.



Dr Dafnis N. Coudounaris (F-EMAB, Board of Governors of GIKA, Editorial Review Board of JBR)

Associate Professor of Innovation Management

School of Economics and Business Administration

University of Tartu

Tartu, Estonia

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Mob: +37258339575, +35796572295

Editor in Chief of International Journal of Export Marketing      

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