Dear AIB colleagues,

We recently published a paper in the Journal of International Management
and we’d like to share it with you.

Our paper extends the current understanding of the dynamics of SME
internationalisation and innovation. We looked at the combined role that
the speed of internationalisation, i.e. being early versus gradually
internationalised, and the source of knowledge, i.e. internal or external,
play in explaining the level of innovation in small product provider
software firms. Using fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA),
we identified the multiple pathways these firms take to high-level and
low-level product innovation.

We find that internationalisation accelerates the level of product
innovation; but together with knowledge sources, it becomes a critical
differentiator between high and low-level innovation products. We also find
that while combining internal knowledge sources with internationalisation
is an effective way for early and gradual internationalisers to introduce
high-level innovation products, some internationalised firms rely on the
advantages of early internationalisation to the exclusion of external
knowledge sources. Our findings suggest that, if internationalised, local
market-oriented software firms have the option to move beyond low-level

We hope you find our paper inspiring for your future research. It is freely
downloadable (until 11 September) at:

Best wishes,


*Dr Deniz E. Yoruk, FHEA*

Research Fellow

Centre for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth

Birmingham City Business School

The Curzon Building

4 Cardigan Street
B4 7BD

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Tel. +44 (0)121 331 6432
New Publication: Yoruk, D.E., R. Bunduchi, E. Yoruk, C. Crisan-Mitra, I-I.
Salanta and E. L. Crisan (2021), “Pathways to innovation in Romanian
Software SMEs: Exploring the impact of interdependencies between
internationalization and knowledge sources”, *Journal of International
Management,* 27 (4), 2021.

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