As part of a research project, which will encompass in-depth case studies of small Nordic software development subcontractors' work for large, foreign software corporations, the dynamics of the initial phases of the subcontractors' internationalization will be examined. Because high-tech firms from small domestic markets are "pulled" abroad to "hub software nations" more quickly and also more often subject to the hegemony of major foreign software corporations, the issues covered are especially relevant to software firms and policymakers in smaller nations. This paper presents the initial framework for the study. It starts with a look at the Nordic perspective on this issue as well as a brief review of existing literature on service firms', software firms' and SMEs' internationalization, before going on to elucidate and justify the study's eleven research questions. Thereafter relevant aspects of the envisioned abductive, processual, and qualitative study design are discussed. These aspects include selection of case firms, methodology, types of explanations to be generated, and issues related to the operationalization of the research questions.
Proceedings of the Second International Business and Economy Conference, 2003
Software; Internationalisering; Nordiske lande; Internationalization; Nordic countries
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Second International Business and Economy Conference, San Francisco, California, USA, 2003