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Foreign Market Entry Strategies: A Study of Born Global B2B SME’s
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The global market place is becoming ever more accessible. Internet and communication technologies are opening up new opportunities for firms of all configurations. Based on that, this research will focus on Born Global business-to-business (B2B small, medium enterprises (SME) entering in the German market. The aim is to answer the following two research questions: ‘What does a Born Global B2B SME’s internationalization process look like?’ and ‘Which adaptations should a Born Global B2B SME make to acquire customers in the German market?’ A review of internationalization literature, complemented by company participation and interviews furthers the body of academic research in this subject area.

Qualitative research is applied through a company case study and primary interviews are conducted. A case study is employed to further understand and practically apply adaptations a firm can make to increase its chance of success in a foreign market environment, once internationalizing.

The conclusions drawn that a Born Global B2B SME entering a foreign market should make adaptations in its online presence to cater to the new market. Specifically, language adaptations are required to the native tongue. This research concludes with both practical and theoretical suggestions. The key findings from the interviews show that the Born Global B2B SME’s studied have taken an ‘accidental’ internationalization process. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 78
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TRITA-ITM-EX ; 2017:78
Keywords [en]
Born Global, fitness industry, German market, market entry strategy and small and medium enterprise
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-209561OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-209561DiVA, id: diva2:1112706
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
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Master of Science - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
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Available from: 2018-03-06 Created: 2017-06-20 Last updated: 2018-03-06Bibliographically approved

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