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Policy drivers of international entrepreneurship in Europe

Vanessa Ratten (School of Management, Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

EuroMed Journal of Business

ISSN: 1450-2194

Article publication date: 1 September 2006



The diversity of countries and cultures in Europe necessitates an international outlook for most businesses. This paper examines the internationalisation of business in Europe through a literature review on international entrepreneurship theory. The role of the individual business owner and of business and interorganisational activity in facilitating the internationalisation of businesses in Europe is discussed by utilising the theoretical framework of international entrepreneurship and by putting forward three main propositions. The main aim and intent of this paper is to understand how the policies of individual governments and institutions such as the European Union help businesses in Europe to internationalise, with particular emphasis on businesses in the Baltic region. The paper discusses policy implications and suggestions for future research, which highlight the importance for firms in Europe of focussing on international markets.



Ratten, V. (2006), "Policy drivers of international entrepreneurship in Europe", EuroMed Journal of Business, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 15-28.



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