The Internationalization of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) is faced with a number of constraints, such as managerial and financial ones. But, the presence of SMEs within industrial clusters often allows them to access a number of positive cluster related externalities, which assist their internationalization process in many ways. In this paper, we investigate the impact that cluster reputation can have on the internationalization process of SMEs. In particular, drawing on extensive empirical research of the Rochester Photonics Cluster in Rochester, New York, we develop a model on the 'how' cluster reputation can facilitate the internationalization process of SMEs, and set forth a number of propositions regarding this influence. Finally, the paper concludes with a discussion of its implications for academic research and managerial practice.

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This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Corporate Reputation Review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Cluster Reputation as a Facilitator in the Internationalization of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, with Stelios Zyglidopoulos and David Reid, June 9, 2006 is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/pal/index.htmlNote: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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