Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship Strategy
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Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship Strategy

Improving SME Performance Globally

Edited by Pervez N. Ghauri and V. H. Manek Kirpalani

This impressive Handbook provides a dynamic perspective on the international entrepreneurial strategies of SMEs, including the role and experience of their founders, as well as the collaboration of these SMEs in networks with larger firms. The expert contributors from all over the world and the editors explore the origin and evolution of internationalizing SMEs, the changing history and the future outlook of this sector. They study the effects of different cultures on the origin and growth of entrepreneurship and SMEs. The Handbook also outlines the various types of Born Globals that emerge from different parts of the world.
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Chapter 14: International entrepreneurship among Finnish SMEs

Olli Kuivalainen, Sami Saarenketo, Lasse Torkkeli and Kaisu Puumalainen


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important part in the Finnish economy. In this chapter an overview of the internationalizing Finnish SMEs, their strategies, resources, product offerings and growth and international growth orientation is given. On the basis of primary data collected from the Finnish SMEs in five industries (N = 298 of which 110 had international experience) the profiles of their internationalization strategies are studied. The firms that can be seen as successful international entrepreneurial SMEs, that is, which have internationalized early and which have been able to sell their products in a number of countries are given the main focus. Also we take a look at existing support organizations in Finland. Finally, recommendations for both managers and public policy providers on how to improve SMEs’ international performance in the future are given.

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