Document Type Master's Dissertation Author Smit, Ettienne URN etd-08042012-202449 Document Title An assessment of growth potential of South African startups adopting early internationalisation strategies Degree MBA Department Gordon Institute of Business Science Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Dr R Smorfitt Supervisor Keywords
Date 2012-03-08 Availability unrestricted AbstractMost studies of multinational organisations (MNE’s) have been focused on large mature corporations. Traditional literature explains that firms internationalise after a certain level of domestic maturity and wield a significant amount of economic power to withstand the threat of international competition (Oviatt, McDougall, 1993, p. 29)
However, this premise has changed in recent years with the adoption of new legislation and technologies that allow firms to become established MNE’s much sooner, with many of these pursuing rapid internationalisation strategies.
If the traditional notions of staged theory no longer hold true and new behavioural aspects are driving small businesses to internationalise, it is essential for researchers to gain insights into new firm development, survival and growth in the South African context. Firm growth is of particular interest where globalised SME’s are concerned.
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