Trade Barriers and Assistance Requirements of South Asian Transnational Entrepreneurs

International Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets: Nature, Drivers, Barriers and Determinants

ISBN: 978-1-78769-564-1, eISBN: 978-1-78769-563-4

ISSN: 2040-7246

Publication date: 18 November 2019

Abstract

This study develops our understanding of the internationalisation activities of ‘transnational entrepreneurs’ (TEs), namely, entrepreneurs that are socially embedded in two or more different countries, specifically, in the context of the growing phenomenon of ‘micro-multinationals’ involving small firms with income-generating assets in more than one country. The investigation involves TEs originating from South Asia (Indian Sub-continent), based in the UK clothing and textiles sectors. Limited statistical differences exist between the perceptions of 63 survey respondents with varying degrees of international sales regarding perceived barriers and assistance requirements towards operating in overseas markets. Subsequent interview data with 16 of those TEs owning micro-multinational businesses offer unique insights, suggesting their behaviour is distinct from certain existing literature involving internationalising entrepreneurs, but that they are not a homogeneous group as strategies vary. This study provides opportunities for further research to understand TEs’ practices, including those operating in different institutional contexts.

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Chaudhry, S., Crick, D. and Crick, J.M. (2019), "Trade Barriers and Assistance Requirements of South Asian Transnational Entrepreneurs", Haddoud, M.Y., Jones, P. and Onjewu, A.-K.E. (Ed.) International Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets: Nature, Drivers, Barriers and Determinants (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 10), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 115-140. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-724620190000010012

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