SME internationalization in challenging contexts

Vahid Jafari Sadeghi, Julie Mallet, Antony Itayi Jongwe, Robert B. Anderson, Jean-Marie Nkongolo-Bakenda

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This paper reports on the results of a research project built on two streams of work. The first is a well-established framework for the participation of Indigenous peoples in the global economy through entrepreneurship in the pursuit of development on their own terms (Colbourne and Anderson, 2017). The second is research into the structural and competitive determinants of successful participation by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the global economy (Nkongolo-Bakenda et al., 2006, 2010). Combining these two streams, the project involves case studies on SMEs in challenging contexts struggling to participate internationally to increase the well-being of the enterprises' owners, families, and communities. The communities are (1) the Kanak People in New Caledonia and (2) the San People from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana with (3) SMEs from Iran all struggling to compete internationally.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2019
EditorsPanagiotis Liargovas, Alexandros Kakouris
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781912764341, 978-1-912764-35-8
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019
Event14th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2019 - Kalamata, Greece
Duration: 19 Sept 201920 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE
ISSN (Print)2049-1050


Conference14th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2019


  • Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International networks
  • Internationalisation
  • Motivations toward internationalisation
  • Small and medium enterprises (SMEs)


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