Entrepreneurship across the border: internationalisation of Dutch SMEs

E. Masurel, P.P. van Hemert, P. de Groot

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The Netherlands has been known as an international-oriented country for ages due to its open economy and outlook and not in the last place, because the country is for a large part surrounded by sea and waterways. A quarter of The Netherlands land area lies below sea level. The entrepreneurial spirit of the Dutch has been a major stimulus for the Dutch internationalisation process. It is not a surprise that Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in this context. Four types of internationalisation are dealt with here: export, import, foreign direct investment and cross-border cooperation. This paper ends with the prospects Dutch SMEs have in the field of international competition. Copyright © 2009 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-37
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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