Improving SME Performance Globally
Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Pervez N. Ghauri and V. H. Manek Kirpalani
This overview chapter begins by defining how we have used some terms in order to make the discussion that follows clear to all readers of the Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship Strategy: Improving SME Performance Globally. We start with internationalization and globalization, after which we follow with strategy, SMEs, born globals, performance and entrepreneurial. Then the various theories and strategies regarding internationalization are outlined in order to lay down the parameters of what strategies are available to the usual SME. Overall, this Handbook more specifically researches which factors influence the pace at which SMEs enter foreign markets, and, once having entered them, which factors cause those SMEs to increase their commitment to that foreign market.