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.

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Title Internationalisation of SMEs : European comparative studies
Author(s) Ratten, Vanessa
Dana, Leo-Paul
Han, Mary
Welpe, Isabell
Journal name International journal of entrepreneurship and small business
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 361
End page 379
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1476-1297
1741-8054
Keyword(s) international entrepreneurship
Europe
small and medium-sized enterprises
SMEs
internationalisation
institutions
transitional economies
small business
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Inderscience Publishers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035024

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Deakin Graduate School of Business
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