Internationalisation of SMEs: European comparative studies

Vanessa Ratten, Leo Paul Dana, Mary Han, Isabell Welpe

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Abstract

We examine new research on the internationalisation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in 27 European countries. We find that, in both established market economies and in transition economies, SME international entrepreneurship is driven by internal resources and capabilities, membership in networks or clusters, favourable government policies, economy, competitive market conditions, and industry structure. We then develop a conceptual model and propositions of the drivers of European SME internationalisation. Our findings have important implications for managers in improving their firms' international market performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-379
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Europe
  • Institutions
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Internationalisation
  • SMEs
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • Transitional economies

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