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The Internationalization of Vietnamese SMEs

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  • Kokko, Ari

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    (European Institute of Japanese Studies)

  • Sjöholm, Fredrik

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    (European Institute of Japanese Studies)

Abstract

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have been important for Vietnam’s rapid economic development. However, the context in which SMEs operate are rapidly changing with the current internationalisation of the Vietnamese economy. The question posed in this paper is “How are Vietnam’s SMEs affected by the internationalization process?” This will give an indication of what challenges lie ahead if the plans for further trade liberalization and internationalization are realized. The basis of our analysis is a unique database on the activities of a large sample of Vietnamese SMEs in 1990, 1996, and 2002, with quantitative data about various aspects of company operations, as well as qualitative information about the entrepreneurs’ perceptions of the current business environment and expectations about the future.

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Paper provided by The European Institute of Japanese Studies in its series EIJS Working Paper Series with number 193.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 10 Jun 2004
Date of revision: 14 Oct 2004
Publication status: Published in Asian Economic Papers, 2005, pages 152-177.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:eijswp:0193

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Keywords: SME; globalization; internationalization; trade; Vietnam;

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  1. Hill, Hal, 2000. "Export Success Against the Odds: A Vietnamese Case Study," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 283-300, February.
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Cited by:
  1. Oostendorp, Remco H. & Trung, Tran Quoc & Tung, Nguyen Thanh, 2009. "The Changing Role of Non-Farm Household Enterprises in Vietnam," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 632-644, March.
  2. World Bank, 2005. "Vietnam Business : Vietnam Development Report 2006," World Bank Other Operational Studies 8314, The World Bank.
  3. Tran Quoc Trung & Nguyen Thanh Tung & Tran Duy Dong & Phan Hoai Duong, 2008. "Performance of export-oriented small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises in Viet Nam," Working Papers 5408, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..

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