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International Entrepreneurship: An Introduction, Framework and Research Agenda

  • Jolanda Hessels

This paper provides an introduction into the field of international entrepreneurship. A definition of international entrepreneurship and associated key concepts is given and the research domain of international entrepreneurship is described. A substantial part of the international entrepreneurship literature concentrates on the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and new ventures. Based on an analysis of the existing literature the current paper provides a framework for the study of antecedents and outcomes of SME and new venture internationalization and presents a number of avenues for future research.

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Paper provided by EIM Business and Policy Research in its series Scales Research Reports with number H200823.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 11 Dec 2008
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Handle: RePEc:eim:papers:h200823
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  19. Jolanda Hessels & Siri Terjesen, 2007. "SME Choice of Direct and Indirect Export Modes: Resource Dependency and Institutional Theory Perspectives," Scales Research Reports H200712, EIM Business and Policy Research.
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