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HEALTHY BUSINESS FOR SMALL FIRMS IN THE REBIRTH OF A TRADITIONAL INDUSTRY: An Exploratory Study of the Influential Factors on Swedish Medical Service SMEs Internationalization Process
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The healthcare service sector has recently entered the global arena and many nations sectors

has opened up for private initiatives, which is explained by the rapid development and

structural changes within the industry. However, regardless of considerable interest in the area

among academics, very little has been concluded in terms of investigating internationalization

of healthcare related services. The purpose of this study is to contribute with an enriched

understanding regarding how Swedish medical service SMEs internationalize and what

factors influence how - and in what way - the process unfolds. A conceptual model is

developed, extending the theoretical discussion by integrating established SME and

entrepreneurship literature with extant IB literature relevant for political salient industries.

Conducting an exploratory multiple case study, rich empirical data is collected and analyzed

in the light of the conceptual model. The research findings indicate that knowledge, networks,

and institutional factors influence how the internationalization process of medical service

SMEs unfolds to a large extent. The research contributes by concluding that the nature of the

service as well as the home market institutional context constitute pivotal influential factors

on the firms’ internationalization process and are added to the refined conceptual framework.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 65 p.
Keyword [en]
SMEs; Healthcare Services; Internationalization Process; Networks; Knowledge; Institutional Context
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202632OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-202632DiVA: diva2:632414
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-06-25 Created: 2013-06-25 Last updated: 2013-06-25Bibliographically approved

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