Do export learning processes affect sales growth in exporting activities?

Shahin Assadinia, Nathaniel Boso, Magnus Hultman, Matthew Robson

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Our understanding of experiential learning via export learning process, and its outcomes, is limited in the international marketing literature. Using multi-source, time-lagged data of exporting firms in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and China, this study finds that export learning process is positively associated with marketing strategy adaptation for both U.K. and Chinese exporters. Results suggest contrasting moderating effects of experiential knowledge resources (i.e., psychic dispersion, multinationality, and duration) and strategy adaptation on the relationship of export learning process and export sales growth in the two samples. In the U.K. sample, we observe a positive moderation effect of psychic dispersion, and negative moderation effects of multinationality and duration. For the China sample, we find the exact opposite pattern of moderation effects for the experiential knowledge resources. Marketing strategy adaptation plays a negative moderation role in the China sample, but has no such effect in the U.K. sample. The study has implications for theory development on, and the productive management of, processes of learning export management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of International Marketing
Issue number3
Early online date13 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

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