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Special Issue: Researching SME and microenterprise internationalization: advances and future perspectives

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Submission deadline: June 2013

Guest Editors: Dr Ian Fillis, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK
Dr Markus Kittler, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK
Dr David Rygl, School of Business and Economics, Freiderich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany

Information about the opportunity to publish conference papers in the journal

As an author of a paper submitted and presented at the Researching the internationalization of SMEs and micro-businesses – advances and future perspectives track at EURAM 2013, you will have the opportunity to have your work considered for publication in the Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, an Emerald publication. This is a long-established journal with an international editorial advisory board of academics with extensive experience in the marketing and entrepreneurship domain. The Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship seeks studies that contribute to developing knowledge of entrepreneurial and small business marketing. Even though research into the relationship between marketing and entrepreneurship is still relatively young, the subject has thus far proved exciting and thought provoking, and critical thinking has progressed rapidly.

Submission deadline: June 2013

Expected publication date: 2014

Journal author guidelines: journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=jrme


Internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is not a novel phenomenon but an increasingly relevant component of research in the field of international business. While early research on firm internationalization has focused on large multinational enterprises (MNEs) and previous research on SME internationalization has attempted to identify similarities and differences to MNEs (Ruzzier et al., 2006) and domestic ventures (McDougall, 1989) fresh perspectives are currently emerging. While some early attempts in theorizing on internationalization derived from SMEs did find quite some acceptance in the past (for an overview, see e.g. Coviello and McAuley, 1999), even traditional concepts such as the Uppsala internationalization model are more recently being criticized for being too deterministic (Johanson and Vahlne, 1993) and lacking explanatory power for non-mainstream forms of SME internationalization (Forsman et al., 2002). This track provides empirical and theoretical contributions addressing those shortcomings and inviting critical thought on SME internationalization. Our track particularly invites (but is not limited to) research addressing the issues outlined below:

  • Research highlighting the state-of-the-art in research on SME internationalization from various thematic and theoretical perspectives. Submissions are also invited to follow up existing reflections on recent developments which question or revisit existing work, e.g. the idea of a liability of outsidership and the role of networks (Johanson and Vahlne, 2009)
  • Research identifying and/or responding to persistent gaps or contradictions in international entrepreneurship or SME research resulting from conflicting explanations and viewpoints, different empirical focus and imbalance of different theoretical perspectives involved (e.g. Keupp and Gassmann, 2009) and research integrating findings from such differing perspectives
  • Research contributing to underexplored and/or emerging areas in existing SME research, such as, e.g. the internationalization of small and micro-businesses (rather than merely medium-sized firms) and studies from different contextual perspectives. Examples of such perspectives are less researched industries (e.g. craft, art, trade) or regional contexts which might attribute different societal roles to SMEs (e.g. the German ``Mittelstand'') and might be associated with specific internationalization patterns.

Furthermore, we invite research

  • illustrating cases of successful (or unsuccessful) SME internationalization processes and modes of operation abroad
  • providing associations of SME internationalization with other disciplines or fields (marketing, entrepreneurship)
  • dealing with time-related aspects of SME or microbusiness internationalization (e.g. rapid internationalization patterns)
  • identifying overlaps to research on MNE internationalization (e.g. Dunning's advantage categories)
  • researching the role of (social) networks and new media for SME and micro-business internationalization.

While our call highlights areas of particular interest to this track, we also welcome contributions beyond these themes as long as they take an international perspective on SMEs and microbusinesses. Comparative studies of SMEs and microbusinesses are also welcome. Theoretical and empirical submissions associated with international business but without a clear SME or microbusiness focus should be submitted to the General Track of the SIG IM.

Keywords: SME, Micro-business, Internationalization, Networks, international entrepreneurship

Submit to the journal

Submissions to Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at: Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre:

For further details, please check the ``Author Guidelines'' which are available via the journal's homepage.

Review process

Each paper will be reviewed by one of the Guest Editors and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it will then be sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review.

If you are interested in submitting your paper to the Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, please contact one of the Guest Editors by e-mail.

Full names and contact details for all Guest Editors:
Dr Ian Fillis, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +44 1786 467392

Dr Markus Kittler, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +44 1786 467315

Dr David Rygl, School of Business and Economics, Freiderich- Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lange Gasse 20,
D-90403 Nürnberg, Germany
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +49 (911) 5302-241