1st Edition

The Internationalization of Small Firms A Strategic Entrepreneurship Perspective

By Shameen Prashantham Copyright 2008
    182 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on empirical case-study research carried out in the Bangalore software industry, this book explores the role of network relationships in the internationalization of small knowledge-intensive firms.

    Using a conceptual framework, it looks at a range of key themes. These include:

    • networks
    • knowledge
    • technology.

    Highlighting the propensity of small knowledge-intensive firms to develop and leverage network relationships and thereby, the resourcefulness with which entrepreneurial firms can (and do) internationalize, this book is essential reading for academics and students with an interest in the intersection between international business and entrepreneurship.

    Part 1: Conceptual Underpinings 1.Resourceful Internationalization 2.Networks and Internationalization 3.Knowledge and Internationalization 4.Technology and Internationalization Part 2:Exploratory Findings 5.The Indian Software Industry 6. Local Networks and Internationalization 7.Foreign Networks and Internationalization8. The Internet and Internationalization Part3: Future Directions 9. MNC Social Capital 10.Future Research Directions


    Shameen Prashantham

    Dr  Shameen Prashantham's The Internationalization of Small Firms: A Strategic Entrepreneurship Perspective is a refreshing masterpiece on a subject that a few years ago was considered a contradiction in terms. Indeed, it used to be that MNEs played the international arena and SMEs catered to local markets. In this volume, the author confirms to us that the world has changed, as technology allows small players to have a big role in international markets. A welcome contribution to the literature.

    Professor Léo-Paul Dana

    Founding Editor, Journal of International Entrepreneurship