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Behind the Internationalization Process of Northeast Italian SMEs: An Abductive Approach
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study strives to investigate why some small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from Northeast Italy internationalize at inception and some internationalize gradually. The main literature regarding both, Born Globals and Stage-Models, were reviewed. In face of a high degree of fragmentation in the Born Global literature the study was developed through an abductive logic of reasoning. This basically means that we started by clustering already accepted internal and external factors, working then, towards a unified explanation. A qualitative study was developed with four SMEs. The main results show that no factor can singularly drive a company to internationalize at inception. Instead, the interaction of internal and external factors determines how SMEs internationalize. The findings provide empirical insights on the internationalization behavior of SMEs and redress the apparent theoretical gap in this field.

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2012. , p. 41
Keywords [en]
Internationalization, SMEs, Stage-Model, Born Global, Internal and External Factors
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176697OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-176697DiVA, id: diva2:536696
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Business Studies
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Master Programme in Economics
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2012-06-26 Created: 2012-06-24 Last updated: 2012-06-26Bibliographically approved

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