Calls for papers


International Journal of Export Marketing
International Journal of Export Marketing


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