Internationalisation of SMEs : European comparative studies
Ratten, Vanessa, Dana, Leo-Paul, Han, Mary and Welpe, Isabell 2007, Internationalisation of SMEs : European comparative studies, International journal of entrepreneurship and small business, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 361-379.
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.
Field of Research
150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services