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Internationalization through cooperation – local clusters as a resource for SMEs to gain global competitive advantage

Bode, Alexander and Alig, Simon and Boxen, Stefan (2010):
Internationalization through cooperation – local clusters as a resource for SMEs to gain global competitive advantage.
Tübingen, In: 8TH WORKSHOP ON INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY AND CROSS CULTURAL MANAGEMENT, Tübingen, 08.-09.Oktober 2010, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2010
Creators: Bode, Alexander and Alig, Simon and Boxen, Stefan
Title: Internationalization through cooperation – local clusters as a resource for SMEs to gain global competitive advantage
Language: English
Place of Publication: Tübingen
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internationalization, cooperation, clusters, networks, SME, resource constraint, competitive advantage, international business competencies
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Department of Management and Logistics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Cluster and Value Chain Management
Event Title: 8TH WORKSHOP ON INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY AND CROSS CULTURAL MANAGEMENT
Event Location: Tübingen
Event Dates: 08.-09.Oktober 2010
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 06:22
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In a global competitive environment, internationalization is a source of competitive advantage for SMEs. Due to resource constraints it is crucial for SMEs to look for means for an own internationalization strategy. One possibility SMEs can use as support are forms of cooperation such as clusters. We argue that the key to competitive advantage through internationalization is proficiency along the dimensions of international business competency (IBC). We show that the trustful, non-rivaling environment in a cluster with network characteristics is the ideal surrounding as a complementary resource pool. This offers access to lacking resources and competencies for SMEs, especially IBCs. We support our propositions by a case study which we conduct in a cluster in the automotive industry.English
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