The Internationalization Process of a Hybrid Firm: An Explorative Study of a Swedish SME
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Our master dissertation pursued the research question of what the internationalization process of a hybrid firm would look like. To do so, the authors performed an in-depth analysis of a Swedish SME which exhibited characteristics of a hybrid firm. These hybrid firms, as we have named them, use a mixed range of internationalization strategies. An abductive method of research was used in this thesis, as the authors took direction from previous literature and created their own new internationalization process model based on their findings. The main areas of this research focused on the drivers for internationalization and the barriers to internationalization, as well as the market selection and entry mode into foreign countries. This research found that the Swedish SME base their internationalization process on their human resources and the intuition of their management. These two key elements were the foundation for the new hybrid internationalization process model created by the authors.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 57 p.
Internationalization Process, SME, Hybrid Firm, Uppsala Model, International New Ventures, the Adapted Uppsala Model, Drivers for Internationalization, Market Selection, Market Entry, Barriers to Internationalization, Human Resources, Intuition
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256687OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-256687DiVA: diva2:826371
Subject / course
Master Programme in Business and Management