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Title: The representativeness of exportations for local development: evidences from family-owned SMEs

Authors: Marcos Ferasso

Addresses: Faculdade Meridional, IMED Business School, R. Senador Pinheiro, 304, Passo Fundo, RS 99070-220, Brazil

Abstract: This research investigated how exportations of SMEs are characterised and whether these exportations may favour local development of a region. This is a desk research based on a case study of the Far-Western region of Santa Catarina (Brazil), with exploratory analysis level and supported by documentation analyses of official reports retrieved from Brazilian governmental agencies. Results evidenced that exportations can strengthen local development through the participation of SMEs, instead which occurs with big exporters that accumulate revenues. Although main SMEs tend to commercialise their products locally, and these SMEs face difficulties such as access to harbours and main transportation channels in the state, data evidenced that exporters SMEs are family-owned business which emerged locally and trade local and globally. This research sheds light on the consideration of deductive/inductive analyses of family-owned SMEs through exportations base theory and local development theory as tools for analysing the development of regions.

Keywords: local development; exportations; family-owned business; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; regions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRIC.2018.096242

International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, 2018 Vol.2 No.1, pp.38 - 57

Received: 13 Jun 2018
Accepted: 25 Jul 2018

Published online: 14 Nov 2018 *

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