Title: The internationalisation of Portuguese SMEs

Authors: Elisabeth T. Pereira

Addresses: Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitario de Santiago, 3810–193 Aveiro, Portugal

Abstract: This paper begins with an overview of the history of Portuguese entrepreneurship over the last century. Next, the study analyses the importance of SMEs in actual competitive environment of international markets, investigating the case of the internationalisation of Portuguese businesses (processes, modes of entry, strategies and intentions and reasons of internationalisation) and the principal features of Portuguese entrepreneurship and SMEs on domestic and foreign markets.

Keywords: internationalisation; SMEs; Portugal; exports; small and medium-sized enterprises; entrepreneurship; globalisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2007.015055

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2007 Vol.1 No.3, pp.369 - 390

Published online: 06 Sep 2007 *

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