Dancing with gorillas: how SMEs can go global by forging links with MNCs

Dancing with gorillas: how SMEs can go global by forging links with MNCs
Document type
Briefing
Author(s)
Prashantham, Shameen
Publisher
AIM Research
Date of publication
1 November 2007
Series
AIM Research Executive Briefings
Subject(s)
Small business & enterprise: the practicalities of running a small business and the theory of entrepreneurship
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This briefing shows that whilst making a connection with multinational corporations (MNCs) can be difficult for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), it can greatly benefit them both and often makes the risks worthwhile. For SMEs, interaction with the local subsidiaries of MNCs provides tremendous opportunities for collaborative innovation which may form the basis for internationalisation, providing resources not normally available, and bestowing credibility and legitimacy which would otherwise be difficult to achieve.

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