Diversity management for SMEs internationalization: orchestrating human resource diversity

Angelique Breuillot, Rachel Bocquet, Nicolas Poussing

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Diversity management is a crucial element of organizational performance, yet little is known about its effect on SMEs’ internationalization. Relying on resourcebased theory and resource orchestration, this article provides a novel view of the effect of four perspectives on diversity management—resistance, discrimination, access-and-legitimacy, and learning—on the scope of SMEs’ internationalization. With a large sample of SMEs, findings show that diversity management perspectives exert contrasting effects on the scope of internationalization. Only the learning perspective increases the likelihood that SMEs transcend European borders. These insights highlight the value of diversity management for SMEs’ internationalization and provide useful managerial recommendations.
Translated title of the contributionmanagement de la diversité pour l'internationalisation des PME: orchestrer la diversité des ressources humaines
Original languageEnglish
Article number26
Pages (from-to)41-57
Number of pages17
JournalManagement International (MI)
Issue numberSpecial
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • SME
  • PME
  • human resource
  • diversity management
  • managerial practices
  • internalization

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