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000002442 037__ $$aCONFERENCE
000002442 245__ $$aSME internationalization and the role of global cities :$$ba tentative conceptualization
000002442 260__ $$aBirmingham, United Kingdom$$b12-14 April 2018$$c2018
000002442 269__ $$a2018-04
000002442 300__ $$a13 p.
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000002442 520__ $$9eng$$aThis paper suggests a tentative conceptual framework to study the internationalization of SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), and the role of global cities as major business hubs providing a wide range of financial and non-financial supportive services facilitating market entry. The hypothesis is that a number of global cities (about 80 cities are classified and ranked as such worldwide) play an important intermediation role, including vis-à-vis newly emerging markets. The study of global cities has been envisaged so far exclusively in terms of their global growth as contributed by transnational corporations (TNCs). The existing literature reveals that their business intermediation role has been studied in terms of their exceptional geo-economic location and their qualitative infrastructure provided to transnational corporations and their affiliates. In addition, highly specialized services tend to concentrate their regional offices and management logistics in global cities to serve TNCs. In comparison with TNCs, the intermediation role played by global cities has not been investigated in the case of SME internationalization. Few papers exist even in the case of transnational SMEs or globally-born SMEs. This article aims to explore the possible elements of a conceptual framework targeting this subject. On the one hand, it examines various segments of the IBM literature dealing with SME internationalization, which could be relevant. On the other hand, it identifies pertinent contributions from the new economic geography and sociology of global cities, and from international classifications and rankings of global cities as introduced into the literature since the early 2000s. Finally, inter-disciplinary linkages between these two sets of knowledge are suggested.
000002442 592__ $$aHEG-FR
000002442 592__ $$cEconomie et Services
000002442 65017 $$aEconomie/gestion
000002442 6531_ $$9eng$$ainternational business management
000002442 6531_ $$9eng$$aSME internationalization
000002442 6531_ $$9eng$$anew economic geography
000002442 6531_ $$9eng$$asociology of global cities
000002442 655_7 $$afull paper
000002442 700__ $$aRégnier, Philippe$$uSchool of Management Fribourg, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland
000002442 700__ $$aWild, Pascal$$uSchool of Management Fribourg, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland
000002442 711__ $$a45th Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) Annual Conference : International business strategies in a changing  commercial and political landscape$$cBirmingham, United Kingdom$$d12/04/2018 / 14/04/2018
000002442 773__ $$tProceedings of the 45th Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) Annual Conference
000002442 8564_ $$s615864$$uhttps://hesso.tind.io/record/2442/files/R%C3%A9gnier_2018_SME_internationalization.pdf
000002442 906__ $$aGREEN
000002442 909CO $$ooai:hesso.tind.io:2442$$pGLOBAL_SET
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000002442 980__ $$aconference