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International Entrepreneurship in Small and Medium Size Enterprises
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International Entrepreneurship in Small and Medium Size Enterprises

Orientation, Environment and Strategy

9781843761945 Edward Elgar Publishing
Hamid Etemad, Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Canada
Publication Date: 2004 ISBN: 978 1 84376 194 5 Extent: 304 pp
The contributors to this volume explore the emerging patterns of SME growth and international expansion in response to the evolving competitive environment, dynamics of competitive behavior, entrepreneurial processes and formulation of strategy.

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The drivers of globalization are removing the barriers that segregated the competitive space of the small and large firms in the past. It is becoming increasingly difficult for independent small firms to thrive in their traditional markets unless they are globally competitive. Managing an enterprise’s commercial, industrial and political relations well, regardless of size and location, is the essence of the entrepreneurial challenge in this competitive arena. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) often face very different issues than do large multinational enterprises when confronting internationalization. This volume provides an in-depth discussion of these challenges.

The contributors to this volume explore the emerging patterns of SME growth and international expansion in response to the evolving competitive environment, dynamics of competitive behavior, entrepreneurial processes and formulation of strategy. They examine the basis and requirements of growth and expansion from three perspectives: the rapidly-changing environment in which business is conducted, entrepreneurial characteristics, and the evolving strategic and competitive response to this changing business environment.

Business leaders, scholars and students interested in international business and entrepreneurship will welcome this timely and authoritative volume.
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‘Business leaders, scholars and students alike, interested in international business and entrepreneurship, will welcome this timely and authoritative volume, which sheds light on the complex nature of international entrepreneurship in the 21st century.’
– Sharon Loane, International Small Business Journal
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Contributors: G. Beibst, J. Bell, H. Chu, B.L. Chua, S. Conway, H. Etemad, O. Jones, S. Kapasuwan, N. Krueger, Jr, A. Lautenschläger, Y. Lee, H. Matlay, R.B. McNaughton, J. Mitra, K.E. Neupert, J. Rose, P. Rosson, K. Soufani, T. Tse
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Contents: Preface 1. The Emerging Context of International Entrepreneurship: An Overview, Interrelations and Extensions Part I: Enterprise–Environment Interactions and Internationalization 2. The Dynamic Impact of Regional Clusters on International Growth and Competition: Some Grounded Propositions 3. Capital Structure and the Pace of SME Internationalization 4. Academic Entrepreneurship and Internationalization of Technology-Based SMEs Part II: Entrepreneurial Characteristics and Internationalization 5. The International Reach of Entrepreneurial Social Networks: The Case of James Dyson in the UK 6. Cultural Effects on Delegation in Small Business Life Cycle 7. An International Examination of Potential Future Entrepreneurs’ Self-Efficacy Part III: High Technology and Strategy 8. The Internet and SME Exporting: Canadian Success Stories 9. Economic Efficiency in Traditional and Dot.Com Firms: A Theoretical Approach 10. The Knowledge Network of E-Commerce and Internationalization of Entrepreneurship 11. The Internationalization Efforts of Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurs: Lessons from Britain 12. Conclusion: The Evolutionary Patterns of Change, the Emerging Trends and Implications for Internationalizing Small Firms Index

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