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Piggybacking as international entry mode for small service firms: the case of BossIT
2005 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There is a process ongoing where domestic markets are merging into a large global market, and this clash creates a larger supply of products on the international marketplace. Firms have to be able to adapt to these new settings to stay competitive. Previous research has focused on how manufacturing firms and foremost large firms go international. Since more firms are outsourcing their services and employing small service firms to do a specific part of their work abroad, our research is focusing on small firms. For a small firm, it is important to choose the right mode of entry when entering a foreign market. There exists a large array of different modes to choose from when entering a foreign market. The decision of what method to implement can be critical since they may differ in how successful the international entry becomes. One of these international entry modes that has not been received sufficient attention in previous research and thus we have chosen to address is piggybacking, which is when a company indirectly exports through a larger firms distribution channels. To add into the research of piggybacking we have focused on a small firm that is working with telecom in the service sector. This research has provided an understanding that small service firms can use piggybacking as an international entry mode. The findings in this thesis show that small service firms can use piggybacking to reduce the risk of a foreign expansion, and that the relationship can develop to a mutual dependence between the firms.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, International marketing, small service firms, SME, piggybacking, indirect exporting, piggyback rider
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-43888ISRN: LTU-SHU-EX--05/112--SELocal ID: 1b654699-3d93-4b6a-9277-868d09aaff09OAI: diva2:1017130
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
International Business and Economic, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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