The Development Trend of Entrepreneurship in the Globalising Economy: Evidence from Southern Italy

12 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2012

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Annarita Trotta

Universita di Catanzaro

Marianna Mauro

Universita di Catanzaro

Emma Cardamone

University of Catanzaro "Magna Graecia"

Giusy Cavallaro

Universita di Catanzaro

Date Written: November 16, 2012

Abstract

As the world economy becomes more globalised, the internationalisation processes of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and family firms have received increasing attention from academics and practitioners. Numerous studies have examined modes, incentives, barriers to internationalisation and relationships among innovation, internationalisation and performance. Fewer but more recent studies have focused on the relationship between decision-makers’ skills and firms’ internationalisation. The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether and to what extent key features and entrepreneurs’ perceptions affect the decision of several SMEs in the southern Italy to internationalise. The aim is to explore how the interactions among entrepreneurial skills and determinants such as environmental context, culture and regulation can affect the internationalisation process. The methodology adopted is based on an analysis of multiple-case studies. The study attempts to contribute to the ongoing debate on SMEs internationalisation. Practical implications of our research include suggestions for SMEs to better manage their internationalisation processes and for policy makers in underdeveloped areas to support suitable strategies for firms’ internationalisation.

JEL Classification: F23, M16, L26

Suggested Citation

Trotta, Annarita and Mauro, Marianna and Cardamone, Emma and Cavallaro, Giusy, The Development Trend of Entrepreneurship in the Globalising Economy: Evidence from Southern Italy (November 16, 2012). Proceedings of 19th International Business Research Conference 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2176690 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2176690

Annarita Trotta (Contact Author)

Universita di Catanzaro ( email )

Viale Europa, Loc. Germaneto
Catanzaro, 88100
Italy

Marianna Mauro

Universita di Catanzaro ( email )

Viale Europa, Loc. Germaneto
Catanzaro, 88100
Italy

Emma Cardamone

University of Catanzaro "Magna Graecia" ( email )

Viale Europa, Loc. Germaneto
Catanzaro, 88100
Italy

Giusy Cavallaro

Universita di Catanzaro ( email )

Viale Europa - Loc. Germaneto
Catanzaro, 88100
Italy

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