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Lehtinen, U., Saarela, M., & Virkkala, P. (2021). Internationalisation of microenterprises: Systematic literature review. International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 20(3), 234.

Internationalisation of microenterprises : systematic literature review

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Author: Lehtinen, Ulla1; Saarela, Martti1; Virkkala, Peetu1
Organizations: 1Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu, Pajatie 5, FI-85500 Nivala, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-01-23


Microenterprises are the most common type of firm within the European Union, accounting for 93.2% of all enterprises. This study’s aim is to obtain an overview of the literature on microenterprises’ internationalisation; this is done by conducting a systematic literature review (SLR). The research question of this study is as follows: what is studied in an academic context about the internationalisation of microenterprises? The findings highlight that there is a lack of academic research focused on the internationalisation of microenterprises as a special group of enterprises. The study contributes to the field of international entrepreneurship and literature on microenterprises.

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Series: International journal of management and enterprise development
ISSN: 1468-4330
ISSN-E: 1741-8127
ISSN-L: 1468-4330
Volume: 20
Issue: 3
Pages: 234 - 252
DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2021.118408
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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