The Changing Global Economy and its Impact on International Entrepreneurship

The Changing Global Economy and its Impact on International Entrepreneurship

The McGill International Entrepreneurship series

Edited by Hamid Etemad, Stefano Denicolai, Birgit Hagen and Antonella Zuchella

The Changing Global Economy and its Impact on International Entrepreneurship addresses different changes and challenges which small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) face in an economy where they need to compete at home and cannot refrain from participating in international markets. This volume presents a collection of 12 carefully selected chapters that highlight challenging real-world cases to illustrate a variety of difficult problems. The book presents an analytical framework with three levels of analysis – entrepreneurial level, firm level, and institutional level – to document comprehensive, realistic and experientially-based entrepreneurial initiatives, potent firm and public policy strategies with solid results.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Hamid Etemad

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, international business


This volume was inspired by scholarly works initially presented at the 15th Annual McGill International Entrepreneurship conference held at the University of Pavia in the historic city of Pavia. It is also the sixth volume in the McGill International Entrepreneurship Series. The broad objective of this volume is to examine the impact of the changing environment on a list of selected issues in the International Entrepreneurship (IE) domain, which is a young but rapidly evolving field of scholarly enquiry. Although IE is defined primarily at the intersection of the older field of International Business (IB) and the younger and expanding Entrepreneurship (E), this intersection is also expanding rapidly parallel to developments in other related areas, both in scholarly inquiries and actual practice. These developments are emanating in part from a rapidly changing global institutional environment, developments in high-technology and advances in communication and information technologies (CITs), which are influencing, if not exerting pressures, on allied social sciences. Similarly, the ongoing and evolutionary technological change, especially in the new millennium, has profoundly impacted many fields, both directly and indirectly. International entrepreneurship has not been immune to such waves of change as they have exposed IE to challenges unlike others before them. However, time and space limitations will only allow us to focus on a selected list in this volume. This volume comprises three parts.