International entrepreneurship as a field of study is not necessarily confined to the internationalisation phenomenon, and recently advanced definitions suggest significant scope for the development and establishment of, as yet, undetermined parameters.
Emerging Paradigms in International Entrepreneurship identifies key themes that collectively demonstrate the convergence of thinking at the interface between the disciplines of international business and entrepreneurship. These are:
* development of the field and the effects of international entrepreneurship on a new economy
* conceptual and paradigmatic developments
* international entrepreneurship and the internet as a developing research agenda
* contacts links and networks as process driven internationalisation
* cross-sectoral, cross-national and cross-cultural comparisons of entrepreneurship
* the experiential emphasis in entrepreneurial internationalisation.
Explaining the complexities of enterprise in an international and sometimes global environment, this book is distinguished by the cross-disciplinary nature of its contributors and their efforts to develop new paradigmatic approaches in an area characterised by theoretical diversity and convergence.
Appealing to researchers, academics and policymakers working in international business - particularly the international growth and development of small firms - and for entrepreneurship and small firm scholars this book is a must-have. Lecturers and students on post-graduate programmes would also be interested in the book as a reader.
Edited by Marian V. Jones, Professor of International Enterprise, The University of Sheffield Management School, UK and Pavlos Dimitratos, Assistant Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece and Senior Research Fellow (on a visiting basis), CIER, Business School, University of Glasgow, UK
Contents: Foreword Part I: International Entrepreneurship, Development of the Field and the Effects of a New Economy Emerging Paradigms in International Entrepreneurship: A Synopsis 1. Back to the Future: International Entrepreneurship in the New Economy Part II: Conceptual and Paradigmatic Developments 2. Internationalization and the Performance of the Small Firm: A Review of the Empirical Literature between 1996 and 2001 3. Conceptual and Methodological Underpinnings in the Study of Rapid Internationalizers 4. Portfolio Entrepreneurship: A Description and its Link to International Entrepreneurship Part III: The Experimental Emphasis in Entrepreneurial Internationalization 5. The Export Problems of Internationalizing SMEs: Some Empirical Evidence using a `Critical Incident' Technique 6. Is the Globe Becoming Small or is the Small Becoming Global? Part IV: International Entrepreneurship and the Internet: A Developing Research Agenda 7. Internet-enabled International Entrepreneurship: A Conceptual Model 8. Determinants of Internet Export Performance: A Conceptual Framework for Small and Medium-sized Firms 9. The Internet and the Internationalization of Small Knowledge-intensive Firms: A Conceptual Approach Part V: Contacts, Links and Networks: Process-Driven Internationalization 10. International Entrepreneurship and Network Relationships: The International Marketing Communications Sector 11. Returning to the Field in Internationalization: An Exploratory Study of Contemporary Small Firms in the Advanced Medical Products Industry 12. The Role of Inward FDI in Internationalization of Six Affiliates in Estonia: A Network Perspective Part VI: Cross-Sectoral, Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Comparisons 13. Chinese, Italian and Sikh Ethnic Entrepreneurship in Canada: Implications for the Research Agenda, Education Programmes and Public Policy 14. A Comparative Exploratory Investigation into the Perceptions of Internationalizing Firms in Singapore and the UK 15. How Entrepreneurial are University Alumni? A Scottish and International Comparison Index