Survival in the agri-food industry: internationalisation and manager gender in Spanish SMEs
by Pablo Rodríguez-Gutiérrez; M. Dolores Guerrero-Baena; Mercedes Luque-Vílchez
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB), Vol. 44, No. 4, 2021

Abstract: An analysis is presented of the survival patterns of both small and medium-sized firms in Spain, as well as the effects of the internationalisation of the firm and manager gender on firm survival. The study aims to shed some light from a gender perspective on the field of SME internationalisation and SME performance, examining the role of manager gender as a key determinant of business survival. The data comprise a sample of 5,095 agri-food SMEs. The Kaplan-Meier method is employed for a univariate analysis of survival, applying a linear regression for multivariate analysis. The results revealed that the SMEs were more likely to survive if internationalised and/or if their managers were women. The findings of this research may help provide a better understanding of the influence of manager gender on the internationalisation process of SMEs, which would assist policymakers in developing relevant and targeted export promotion policies and programmes.

Online publication date: Fri, 17-Dec-2021

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