Business in the Cloud: Internationalization of a small enterprise in the age of cloud services
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
During the past decade, advances in information technology have facilitated the rapid international expansion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Cloud computing has enabled a new wave of firms to offer services on the web regardless of geographic distances. The aim of this study is to explore how cloud computing affect the external variables network and culture in the internationalization process of an SME. In order to explore the impact on these external variables, a qualitative case study is carried out on a business-to-business SME offering cloud services within small and open economies. The findings explain why closeness was important and why the cloud service firm was limited to a gradual internationalization process although the technology has the potential to break this pattern or accelerate it. The results from this study are valuable for scholars since the internationalization process of cloud service firms is an under-researched area. It is also useful for cloud service SMEs when making strategic decisions in the internationalization process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 50 p.
internationalization, internationalization process, Uppsala Model, Born Globals, SME, small and medium-sized enterprises, cloud computing, cloud service, network, culture
internationalisering, internationaliseringsprocess, Uppsalamodellen, Born Globals, datormoln, molntjänst, nätverk, kultur
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176088OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-176088DiVA: diva2:534274
Subject / course
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law