Title: Relationship between distinctive competence activities and export performance: a study of Rajasthan SMEs

Authors: Ankur Roy; Vishal Vyas; Priyanka Jain

Addresses: Faculty of Management Studies, Mody Institute of Technology and Science, A Deemed University u/s 3 of UGC, Lakshmangarh, Dist – Sikar, Rajasthan – 332311, India ' Faculty of Management Studies, Mody Institute of Technology and Science, A Deemed University u/s 3 of UGC, Lakshmangarh, Dist – Sikar, Rajasthan – 332311, India ' Faculty of Management Studies, Mody Institute of Technology and Science, A Deemed University u/s 3 of UGC, Lakshmangarh, Dist – Sikar, Rajasthan – 332311, India

Abstract: This paper focuses on the various distinctive competence activities (DCA construct comprising of general administration, human resource, marketing, finance, and operations) of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Rajasthan state (India) and examines its relation with export performance (EP) of the firms. A sample of 397 was collected from SMEs in the state representing prominent seven industry sectors. A two-step structural equation modelling procedure is employed in this study for estimating parameters: a measurement model followed by a structural model. The results suggest that there is a strong relation between DCA and EP among the firms. Among the competence activities practiced by the firms, finance and marketing were the prominent ones. The entrepreneurs also showed good administrative skills and gave directions to the overall activities of the organisation. However, results suggested that the firms were weak in marketing and appropriate action needs to be taken by the entrepreneurs to strengthen this area.

Keywords: distinctive competencies; export performance; Rajasthan; small and medium-sized enterprise; SMEs; India; exporting; general administration; human resources; marketing; finance; operations; structural equation modelling; SEM; entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2013.056277

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2013 Vol.20 No.2, pp.165 - 183

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 03 Sep 2013 *

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