Social organization as facilitators of SMEs internationalization
01 / 2011 - 01 / 2015
This project seeks to fill a gap in our knowledge about the internationalization of Brazilian small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs]. While the importance of external relationships and networks for SME internationalization has come to be appreciated in the literature, very little is known about the contribution to internationalization made by access to supporting network relationships, particularly in emerging markets, and how key SME personnel understand, access and maintain such network relationships. Moreover, the internationalization of SMEs from emerging economies to other economies remains an under-researched field. Previous research has focused almost exclusively upon firms working in the developed countries such as USA and UK, and some emerging economies such as China. There has so far been relatively little or no research into the internationalization of SMEs located in the Brazil.