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The Internationalization of Small Firms

A Strategic Entrepreneurship Perspective, 1st Edition

By Shameen Prashantham


182 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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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.


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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Dr Shameen Prashantham is on the faculty of the University of Glasgow Business School. His research, within the Centre for Internationalization and Enterprise Research, focuses on the role of network relationships (social capital) in the internationalization of the entrepreneurial smaller firm, particularly in the context of the Indian software industry. His research has been won recognitions such as a Best Paper Award at the British Academy of Management and a Best Dissertation Finalist Award at the Academy of Management. Dr Prashantham earned a PhD from the University of Strathclyde. He also holds an MSc with Distinction from Strathclyde and a BA with Distinction in Economics from Loyola College; in both instances he graduated at the top of his class.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Small Business

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General