© 2008 – Routledge
182 pages | 4 B/W Illus.
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:
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.
Dr Shameen Prashantham's
Dr Shameen Prashantham'sThe 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
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 Internationalization 8. The Internet and Internationalization Part 3: Future Directions 9. MNC Social Capital 10. Future Research Directions
There is a growing polarization in the international economy for companies to become either transnational corporations or small businesses. This dualism means the experience of the small business is quite different to that of a large corporation. The life of a small business is often shorter, riskier and more entwined with the personality of the entrepreneur. In this prestigious series, case-studies and the latest research are used to reveal the regional, national and international role of the small business.