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Policies to support internationalisation: who needs them and what do they need?

Policies to support internationalisation: who needs them and what do they need?
Policies to support internationalisation: who needs them and what do they need?
This chapter provides an assessment of the current policy approaches in Europe to assisting SMEs in responding to the opportunities created by contemporary internationalisation processes. Drawing on a broad view of what constitutes internationalisation rather than narrowly focusing on export activity, the study investigated the sources of finance and business support for internationalising European SMEs; in particular, those who invest in Japan, at both national and European policy level. The method used involves a combination of desk-based research with telephone interviews, where possible, with key experts involved in the field. By exemplifying several policy practices in Ireland, Czech Republic, UK, Germany, and Japan, the research has analysed both good practices and the gaps that need to be addressed and what can be learned across contexts. Finally, some practical suggestions were proposed as to how public policy in Europe could make more of a contribution to the profitable exploitation of foreign market opportunities by Europe’s SMEs.
Internationalisation, SMEs, export, policy support, Europe
Edward Elgar Publishing
Smallbone, David
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Do, Hang
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Smallbone, David
Welter, Friederike
Smallbone, David
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Do, Hang
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Smallbone, David
Welter, Friederike

Smallbone, David and Do, Hang (2020) Policies to support internationalisation: who needs them and what do they need? In, Smallbone, David and Welter, Friederike (eds.) A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship Policies. UK. Edward Elgar Publishing.

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This chapter provides an assessment of the current policy approaches in Europe to assisting SMEs in responding to the opportunities created by contemporary internationalisation processes. Drawing on a broad view of what constitutes internationalisation rather than narrowly focusing on export activity, the study investigated the sources of finance and business support for internationalising European SMEs; in particular, those who invest in Japan, at both national and European policy level. The method used involves a combination of desk-based research with telephone interviews, where possible, with key experts involved in the field. By exemplifying several policy practices in Ireland, Czech Republic, UK, Germany, and Japan, the research has analysed both good practices and the gaps that need to be addressed and what can be learned across contexts. Finally, some practical suggestions were proposed as to how public policy in Europe could make more of a contribution to the profitable exploitation of foreign market opportunities by Europe’s SMEs.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2020
Published date: July 2020
Keywords: Internationalisation, SMEs, export, policy support, Europe

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Local EPrints ID: 441215
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/441215
PURE UUID: 0798cdb5-5b6f-4477-b353-ca93d98f6e95
ORCID for Hang Do: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8560-8119

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Date deposited: 04 Jun 2020 16:32
Last modified: 16 Jan 2024 03:02

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Author: David Smallbone
Author: Hang Do ORCID iD
Editor: David Smallbone
Editor: Friederike Welter

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