Towards a Theory of Internationalization
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Edited by Léo-Paul Dana, Isabell M. Welpe, Mary Han and Vanessa Ratten
Léo-Paul Dana, Isabell M. Welpe, Mary Han and Vanessa Ratten The chapters that appear in this Edward Elgar collection concern the application of international business and entrepreneurship theories to the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In this volume, researchers discuss the performances of SMEs along the way to internationalization, and this pushes our ﬁeld forward signiﬁcantly, not simply by merging the theories of international business and entrepreneurship but by applying these theories to inform rich, theoretically-grounded depictions of how the process of internationalization of SMEs operates in these European countries. Each chapter emphasizes how the process of internationalization of SMEs operates, the challenges and opportunities that arise as a result of each country’s speciﬁc political and economical situation, and their subsequent internationalization performance. These processes, challenges and performances can be understood through theories in international business and entrepreneurship. Even at times when these theories cannot fully explain certain phenomena, they help derive extensions of new thoughts. Together, they constitute a foundation for a new way of thinking about and understanding of the importance and eﬀect of internationalization of SMEs to country-level competitiveness in Europe. The purpose of the book is to identify patterns and build a theory on international entrepreneurship in Europe. In this introductory chapter, each of the chapters will be brieﬂy discussed, followed by a discussion on a number of factors that each of the chapters have in common. These factors include resource, capabilities, networks and clusters, policy, economy, market competitive...