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Title: The internationalization of SMEs in Malta : a critical assessment in the context of five European island regions
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: Globalization -- Malta -- Case studies
Small business -- Malta -- Case studies
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Handbook of research on European business and entrepreneurship : towards a theory of internationalization
Citation: Baldacchino, G. (2008). The internationalization of SMEs in Malta : a critical assessment in the context of five European island regions. In Léo-Paul Dana (Ed.), Handbook of research on European business and entrepreneurship : towards a theory of internationalization (pp. 431-450). Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar.
Abstract: This chapter will document the specific challenges that affect the internationalization of small-scale enterprises based on a small island jurisdiction (Malta). Dealing with small, discrete numbers; experiencing economic booms and busts; spawning companies which wield significant leverage by virtue of being modestly large; not to mention the structuring difficulties of operating viable manufacturing activities . . . all these are issues which are not unique to Malta but are faced by other small island jurisdictions, since they are economic consequences of smallness and insularity. Thus, in this chapter, the analysis of the Malta situation will proceed from the perspective and vantage point of ‘comparative island studies’ (for example, Biagini and Hoyle, 1999; Baldacchino, 2004); drawing on recent fieldwork on the challenges facing small businesses from a number of different European island regions. The chapter argues that the successful internationalization of locally owned firms benefits handsomely from a thorough, qualitative analysis of successfully internationalized firms, scrutinized from a comparative perspective. It concludes with some learning nuggets, listing features that are deemed pertinent to successful SME internationalization in the small island scenario.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/15033
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