Contaduría y administración
versión impresa ISSN 0186-1042
VAZQUEZ NUNEZ, Sergio Octavio y VAZQUEZ LOPEZ, Sergio Octavio. Main Theoretical Approaches and General Empirical Research on the Small Medium Enterprises (SME'S) Internationalization: A Literature Exploratory Study between 1999 and 2004. Contad. Adm [online]. 2007, n.222, pp.41-57. ISSN 0186-1042.
In spite of abundant existing Literature in this research field, it is not possible to affirm that there is a unique theoretical frame for the analysis of the internationalization process. The objective of this paper is analyze empirical works, published between 1999 and 2004, centered specifically in the internationalization of the SME'S, in order to identify key empirical findings and propose future research lines. We analyzed the content of the studies from six different approaches: (1) the Phases, Processes and Life cycle of the SME's that are internationalized theoretical approach, (2) the Networks and Relations approach, (3) the Strategic approach, (4) the Resources, Knowledge and Information approach, (5) the Culture and Multinational approach (6) the Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth approach.
Palabras llave : Internationalization; Small Medium Enterprises; SME'S; Empirical Research; Uppsala Model; Foreign Direct Investment; Export.