This book makes a rare - but often advocated - contribution to research in entrepreneurship and international business by providing a richly contextualised longitudinal case study of the growth and internationalisation of a cluster of small firms over more than 20 years.
Sara McGaughey presents a vivid, ethnographically-inspired narrative using creative forms of writing - including diary extracts, dramas, personal narratives and a cartoon - that draws the reader into the world experienced by the entrepreneurs, and conveys the unfolding context of the research process itself. The author interprets key events and activities such as export market choice, institutional entrepreneurship and portfolio activities in international new venturing through the lens of legitimacy and legitimation processes. The rich empirical and methodological contextualisation invites all readers to reinterpret these events and activities using their own diverse perspectives.
This unique book will strongly appeal to practitioners and scholars of international entrepreneurship, international business, business history and organisation studies, as well as those interested in research methods used in these fields.
Contents: Preface Part I: Introduction 1. Conversations in SME Internationalisation 2. Approach to Inquiry 3. Method as Experienced Part II: A A Tale of Growth and Internationalisation 4. A Tale of Growth and Internationalisation 5. Episode 10: The GLT Group (June-November 1996) 6. Episode 1: The Start of It (1975 and Before) 7. Episode 2: Born Global (1976-1982) 8. Organisational Legitimacy and Internationalisation 9. Episode 3: Forays in Mini-hydros (1979-1986) 10. Episode 4: Controlling Destiny (June 1982-May 1986) 11. Episode 5: The Marshalling of Forces (June-November 1986) 12. Episode 6: The Dynasphere (December 1985-June 1991) 13. Standards and Institutional Entrepreneurship 14. Episode 7: Forays into Software (May 1986-June 1988) 15. Episode 8: Demise of Alliances and FDI (July 1988-April 1991) 16. Episode 9: Of Elephants (April 1991-July 1994) 17. Portfolio Entrepreneurship 18. Episode 11: Responses to the Takeover Threat (October 1996-February 1997) 19. Episode 12: Vision of the Octopus (March-May 1997) 20. New Directions Appendices References Index