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Internationalisation and Small Business Entrepreneurs (SBEs): A study of the critical factors that influence the behaviour of SBEs when they trade internationally


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Many SBEs trade internationally. This study examines some critical factors that affect SBEs when they trade internationally. A qualitative study involving extensive literature search and case studies are used to inform this study. The findings indicate a lack of a theoretical framework to explain internationalisation by SBEs. Most of the literature on internationalisation is based on large corporations. As new opportunities are unfolding for some SBEs, many find differences in cultures/ languages /and business practices, finding reliable business partners, getting paid promptly and fluctuating exchange rates as big challenges as they trade overseas.

The purpose of this study is to report on the findings of an exploratory and qualitative research undertaken to explain the internationalising behaviour and experiences of SBEs. The study aims to contribute to small enterprise research by investigating the critical factors that influence the behaviour of SBEs when they trade internationally.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Small Business Entrepreneurs, trade, international
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
Depositing User: Sukh Deo
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2013 01:09
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 03:07

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