In an increasingly globalised market environment, there is an impetus for many firms to look to foreign markets in order to maintain competitive advantage. Over recent years it’s possible to see dramatic changes that have strong impacts on all businesses. In fact, the push to engage in international development is imperative (Rossi, 2008) and even small and medium enterprises (SMEs) feel the need to extend their business activity beyond conventional local markets.
Moreover, in spite of the evolution of globalisation, it would seem that competition is equally played out more and more between geographic areas and their ability to guarantee certain operating conditions for enterprises. On the basis of these statements, internationalisation choices become more and more complex, particularly for smaller enterprises that wish to extend their own activity beyond the domestic market.
We invite contributions to this special issue, which aims at exploring the dynamics of SMEs’ entrepreneurship in the globalised economy. The goal of the special issue is to collect a number of valuable papers analysing the various aspects of SMEs’ strategic organisational and technological innovations.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 6th EuroMed Conference 2013 (23-25 September, 2013, Estroil, Portugal), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
Topics include but are not limited to:
- Strategy and organisation of European SMEs
- New business models for European SMEs
- European small businesses in a changing environment
- Globalisation in European family businesses
- Change of values in small businesses
- New venture creation and venture capital for European SMEs
- Small business finance and accounting
- Intra-national networks of SEMs
Submission deadline: 8 January, 2014