Turning regional dwarfs into international giants: A toolkit for internationalizing SMEs

Rudi Schmidt, Katharina Bluhm, Bernd Teufel, Dietrich Hoss, Bernard Ganne, Michèle Dupré, Angelo Pichierri, Angelo Michelsons, Franz Traxler, Bettina Stadler, Georg Adam, Arndt Sorge, Maryse Brandt, Gerda Gemser, Delano Maccow

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Abstract

The handbook rests on findings of the EU-research project “National corporate cultures and international competitiveness strategies – the challenge of globalisation for European SMEs” (HPSE-CT-1999-00027). It is based on 64 company case studies in the mechanical engineering and the software sector in six regions in France (Rhone Alps), Italy (Piedmont), the Northern Netherlands, North East Austria, East and West Germany (Thuringia/Bavaria). 153 in-depth interviews were conducted altogether between November 2000 and June 2001 to find an answer to the question why, when and how small and mediumsized enterprises internationalise, and whether or not co-operation is their method of choice to do so.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages54
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • European SMEs
  • international
  • risks and chances

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