Internationalization, Entrepreneurship and the Smaller Firm

Internationalization, Entrepreneurship and the Smaller Firm

Evidence from Around the World

Edited by Marian V. Jones, Pavlos Dimitratos, Margaret Fletcher and Stephen Young

This forward-looking volume contains state-of-the-art analysis of the current research themes and challenges influencing the internationalization of SMEs.

Chapter 14: Conclusion. SME Internationalization: Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian V. Jones

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, international business


Marian V. Jones INTRODUCTION This volume results from the inaugural seminar held to mark the launch of the Centre of Internationalization and Enterprise Research (CIER). Like many international new ventures (INVs), CIER was effectively ‘born global’. Its core founding entrepreneurs, Young and Jones; Dimitratos, Morgan-Thomas and Prashantham, and contributing post-doctoral and doctoral researchers Fletcher, Casulli, Karafyllia and Tang; brought a wealth of international human and social capital to the Centre from countries (in alphabetical order) as diverse as China, Greece, India, Italy, Poland and the UK. Similarly our wider network of research colleagues is represented in this volume by: Bell, Deligiannni, Ibeh, Johnson, Loane, Madsen, McNaughton, Plakoyiannaki, Rasmussen and Servais, from or representing: Canada, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Nigeria, Peru, the UK and the USA. Colleagues from industry, Slow and Balachandran, bring insights from public policy in Scotland and the software industry in Cambridge (UK) and Bangalore (India). Like many INVs too, CIER has a prehistory, which extends back over at least 20 years. The stream of research on internationalization that core members of CIER have advanced was perhaps formally marked by the publication in 1989 of the International Market Entry and Development book, authored by Steve Young and colleagues who at that time were located at the University of Strathclyde, and also in the city of Glasgow. At that time, internationalization and foreign market entry modes were new and pioneering topics for research triggered by early works in the 1970s, for example by Johanson and Weidershiem-Paul (1975) and Johanson and...

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