EFFECT OF INDIVIDUAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP ORIENTATION ON EXPORT INTENTION IN MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISES: THE MODERATING ROLE OF ACCESS TO FINANCE
Keywords:IEO, export intention, access to finance, PLS-SEM, Nepal, MSEs
Purpose: Considering the importance of the internationalization of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) for the national economic growth, this study was conducted in order to determine the possible impact of individual entrepreneurial orientation (IEO) on export intention in MSEs through the moderating effect of access to finance.
Methodology: This research consists of a survey of 150 agriculture farm owners from Nepal conducted in January 2020. The researchers used SmartPLS as a research tool to analyse the data.
Results: The results of this study indicate that out of five dimensions of IEO, only autonomy has a positive significant effect on export intention, whereas access to finance had no moderating role in the effect of IEO on export intention.
Conclusion: Overall, this study provides profound insight about IEO in the context of a less developed country like Nepal and also sheds light on Nepalese farm owners’ IEO and their intention to export.
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