This forward-looking volume contains state-of-the-art analysis of the current research themes and challenges influencing the internationalization of SMEs. The editors have brought together perspectives from both academics and practitioners, who in turn use theoretical and empirical studies to identify gaps in research evidence, present case studies of internationalizing SMEs, and illustrate potential for future research. The book features some of the best known researchers in the field of international entrepreneurship, and combines a range of theoretical perspectives - including network and social capital, internationalization process, and international new venture frameworks as well as knowledge, learning and absorptive capacity paradigms. This timely study will appeal strongly to academics, researchers and students focusing on business and management, international business, entrepreneurship and international marketing. It will also provide important insights for international entrepreneurs and policy-makers.
Contents:Foreword1. Introduction. SME Internationalization: Current Themes of Study and Modern Challenges Marian V. Jones, Pavlos Dimitratos, Margaret Fletcher and Stephen Young2. Does Entry Mode Matter? Reviewing Current Themes and PerspectivesMarian V. Jones and Stephen Young3. Exploring Opportunity Creation in Internationalizing SMEs: Evidence from Scottish FirmsLucrezia Casulli4. Growth and Learning Spillovers from International Markets: Empirical Evidence from Greek FirmsEmmanuella Plakoyiannaki and Ioanna Deligianni5. Perspectives on the Interrelationships Between Domestic and International Markets for the Smaller FirmMaria Karafyllia6. Learning Processes in the Development of Absorptive Capacity of Internationalizing SMEsMargaret Fletcher7. Clients as a 'Hidden' Resource in Rapid InternationalizationSharon Loane and Jim Bell8. Networks and the Internationalization of Firms: What We Believe and What We Might Have MissedYee Kwan Tang9. The Development of E-Commerce and the International Growth of Established SMEs: A Capability PerspectiveAnna Morgan-Thomas10. Core Rigidities of Micromultinationals: The Scottish ExperiencePavlos Dimitratos, Jeffrey E. Johnson, Kevin I.N. Ibeh and Jonathan Slow11. The International Entrepreneur: Entrepreneurial Orientation of Local and Global FirmsErik S. Rasmussen, Tage K. Madsen and Per Servais12. Local Bridging Ties and New Venture Internationalization: Exploratory Studies in Bangalore and CambridgeShameen Prashantham and Girish Balachandran13. International New Ventures - A New Organizational Form?Rod B. McNaughton14. Conclusion. SME Internationalization: Where Do We Go From Here?Marian V. JonesBibliographyIndex
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