Internationalization of small firms : influence of institutional logics and firms' responses to institutional complexity : case of subcontracting SMEs in the space industry in France

par Magdalena Smiech Teissandier

Thèse de doctorat en Sciences de gestion

Sous la direction de Martine Boutary.

Soutenue le 29-11-2019

à Toulouse 1 , dans le cadre de École Doctorale Sciences de Gestion TSM (Toulouse) , en partenariat avec TSM Research (Toulouse) (laboratoire) .

  • Titre traduit

    L'internationalisation des PME : l'influence des logiques institutionnelles et les réponses des entreprises à la complexité institutionnelle : le cas des PME sous-traitantes dans l'industrie spatiale en France


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  • Résumé

    Our thesis has for purpose to explain how subcontracting SMEs evolving in changing and globalized space industry respond to institutional complexity whilst going international. We refer to the literature on SMEs’ internationalization: processual approaches, International Entrepreneurship, research investigating more specifically subcontracting firms and their modes of internationalization, as well to institutional logics perspective. We conducted a single-embedded qualitative case study in the space industry in France with five subcontracting SMEs, carried out 4 open-ended interviews, 35 semi-structured interviews, took part in 2 international events and 3 professional meetings and analyzed 830 pages of field material related to the space industry. Our analysis shows that social actors involved in space activities and SMEs perceive two institutional logics: Space as National Pride and Space as Global. These both logics drive institutional change which creates institutional uncertainty and institutional disequilibrium between French and international markets. Despite the same changing context, the five SMEs adapt different strategies reflected in different patterns of internationalization. We suggest that this variation may be explain by each SME’s receptivity to institutional change and more particularly by the meaning associated to the impact of change on firms’ activities perceived as: either local threat, status quo, ambiguity, international threat, or potential growth. Furthermore, we suggest that receptivity to institutional change and more particularly the attitude associated to the French space industry, with namely: loyalty to one big contractor, inconsistency, historical ties, new dynamic needed, and detachment may contribute to reinforce the type of strategy and to shape patterns of internationalization.

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