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Analyzing International Readiness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Mohammad Reza Hamidizadeh and Maryam Zargaranyazd

Central European Business Review, 2014, vol. 2014, issue 4, 43-48

Abstract: Internationalization has different connotations for different social sciences and its social, economic and cultural impacts have been examined by a number of studies. While firms' internationalization processes have been understood as being dynamic, the concept of international readiness has rarely been the main focus of research efforts, which until a decade ago, focused principally on explaining sequences of entry modes and choices of markets. The emergence of the study of international entrepreneurship has enhanced the role of readiness. This study reviews the concept of international readiness by experimental and theoretical studies. Axioms in this research are based on content analysis. The framework incorporates measures to evaluate SMEs' international readiness. The paper concludes with a research agenda as a guide for future work on considering the readiness as a critical phase before the internationalization process.

Keywords: internationalization; international readiness; international motives; small and medium-sized enterprises (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 F53 M31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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