Dear AIB members,
It's my pleasure to announce the open call for papers as a co-editor for
the *Special Issue* on "*SMEs and Entrepreneurship in the era of*
*Globalization: Reviews, Frameworks and Theoretical models*" for the *Small
Business Economics* (SBE), a premier journal with 1.8 annual impact factor.
Please find the Call for Papers attached. Details are given below and on
the journal website.

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Exporting Challenges of SMEs: A Review and Research Agenda.

Call for Papers: Summary.
*Small Business Economics *

Call for Papers

SMEs and Entrepreneurship in the era of Globalization: Reviews, Frameworks
and models

*Guest Editors:*

*Prof Alain Fayolle* (EMLYON Business School, France; [log in to unmask])

*Prof Francisco Liñán* (University of Seville, Seville, Spain; [log in to unmask])

*Prof Justin Paul* (University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA;
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*Time Issues*

Potential contributors are encouraged to *submit abstracts* of three to
five pages in length via e-mail *to the guest editors*. The deadline
for submission
of abstracts is *July 1st, 2017* and the expected abstract decision will be
on *August 15th, 2017. *The deadline for *full papers* is *January 30th,


The growth of global markets stimulates competition and increases the
interdependence of national economies (Knight, 2000), forcing governments
to adopt market-oriented policies, both domestically and internationally
(Acs and Preston, 1997). Globalization involves economic and industry
integration with the rest of the world, removing restrictions on imports
and foreign investment (Paul, 2015). Globalization has created a
knowledge-intensive economy making firms’ search for foreign market
opportunities necessary in order to survive (Paul, Parthasarathy & Gupta,
2017; Brenes, 2000). However, the pace of globalization is different across
markets (Buckley & Ghauri, 2004; Bhasin & Paul, 2016). As growth has picked
up in emerging markets and slowed down in advanced economies, firms have
had to rethink their strategies (Ramamurti, 2012).

As part of their growth strategy, many firms go global and orient
themselves more and more internationally in the era of globalization (Paul
& Gupta, 2014). SMEs need to adopt strategic decisions to try to succeed in
international markets. However, in this adoption, the role of the
individual entrepreneur is salient for most SMEs. Therefore, the personal
motivation and intention to internationalize is also a relevant field of
study (Gómez-Gras et al., 2009; Sommer, 2013; Sommer & Haug, 2011). Acs and
Terjessen’s (2013) born-local theory argues that most firms need support in
the form of intermediated internationalization as they typically lack
previous global exposure. Understanding the entrepreneur’s decision to “go
global” involves the need to study the cognitive elements of the
entrepreneurial decision-making process (Fayolle & Liñán, 2014; Liñán &
Fayolle, 2015). At the same time, the influence of contextual variables (be
them cultural, institutional or economic) is also relevant, as the
individual decision is surely affected by these elements (Liñán & Chen,
2009; Liñán & Fernández-Serrano, 2014).

Parallel to this need for increased international competitiveness, the
field of SME internationalization has expanded and gathered momentum
(Ribau, Moreira & Rapposo, 2016; Paul & Shrivastava, 2016; Paul,
Parthasarathy & Gupta, 2017). According to Gregorio, Musteen and Thomas
(2008), the very existence of international new ventures (INVs) stems from
opportunities to engage in the cross-border combination of resources and/or
markets. Decisions have to be made regarding how its business activities in
a foreign market should be conducted (Welch, Benito and Peterson, 2007). In
this context, Musteen, Datta and Butts (2014) examine the factors
influencing the internationalization of SMEs within the context of foreign
market knowledge and network ties.

However,  there is a considerable gap in theory and framework development
to explain and discuss the phenomenon of internationalization of SMEs, and
in particular, those from developing countries. The available models and
theories to explain this phenomenon need be expanded (Paul & Dikova, 2016).
There are opportunities to develop frameworks and measures to analyze the
path, process, potential, problems, pace and pattern of SME
internationalization. Understanding antecedents, decision characteristics
such as foreign market entry modes, and exporting challenges etc. are
critical for the survival and success of SMEs.  Similarly, we need
typologies and useful paradigms that help the decision makers to better
understand the challenges of internationalization – liability of
foreignness, resource constraints or cognitive biases, among others.

*Scope and objectives of the Special Issue*

The available review articles on different themes of entrepreneurship and
SMEs in the era of globalization (Paul, Parthasarathy & Gupta, 2017; Keupp
& Gassman, 2009; Jones, Coviello & Tang, 2011; Terjessen, 2013;
Fayolle & Linan, 2014) have attracted considerable attention as reflected,
for instance, in number of citations. This shows the interest of this
subject area as well as the relevance of review articles. Taking into
account the importance of these two aspects, the objective of the special
issue is to develop a better understanding of the extant literature and
providing directions for future research in the area of competitiveness,
strategies and internationalization of SMEs. The aim is to encourage
scholars to develop new models, measures, and frameworks to contribute to
the theory building. This special issue would focus on papers that attempt
to develop theories, models, frameworks as well as reviews on different
topics in the broad area of internationalization, SMEs and
entrepreneurship. Studies that can provide new insights based on the
home/host country factors by a comparison of differences with current
models or theories are also welcome.  Similarly, comparative studies of
companies are welcome as well, if they provide generalized insights for
theory development.  Single-country studies paying particular attention to
the mechanisms by which a small firm’s internationalization process is
analyzed are also relevant. Likewise, we greet papers using mixed
methodologies, including theoretical essays with propositions, large-sample
analyses, and qualitative studies, as long as they provide a clear and
detailed explanation of its theoretical contribution.

In this special issue we propose to go beyond the replicated empirical
studies and seek studies that develop theories and models for the small
firms by explaining how the internationalization affects the success or
failure of small firms. We are also interested in the factors that
influence the internationalization of a small firm.

The potential contributions for the special issue could address one or more
of the topics listed below and may range fromtheoretical articles, to
review of past, present and future on a specific sub-area, to frameworks,
measures and models. The list of topics is meant to illustrate the range of
submissions rather than limit the ideas; authors are welcome to contact the
guest editors to discuss the appropriateness of other topics related to
theme of this Special Issue:


Acs, Z. J. and Preston, L. (1997). Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises,
Technology; and Globalization: Introduction to a Special Issue on Small and
Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Global Economy. *Small Business Economics,
9(1)*, pp. 1-6.

Acs, Z. J., & Terjesen, S. 2013. Born local: toward a theory of new
venture’s choice of internationalization.*Small Business Economics*, *41*(3),

Coviello, N. E., & McAuley, A. (1999). Internationalisation and the smaller
firm: a review of contemporary empirical research.* Management
International Review, 39*, 223-256.

Di Gregorio, D., Musteen, M., & Thomas, D. E. (2008). International new
ventures: The cross-border nexus of individuals and opportunities. *Journal
of World Business*, *43*(2), 186-196.

Fayolle, A., & Liñán, F. (2014). The future of research on entrepreneurial
intentions. *Journal of Business Research*, *67*(5), 663-666.

Keupp, M. M., & Gassmann, O. (2009). The past and the future of
international entrepreneurship: a review and suggestions for developing the
field. *Journal of Management*.

Liñán, F., & Chen, Y. W. (2009). Development and Cross‐Cultural application
of a specific instrument to measure entrepreneurial intentions.
Theory and Practice*, *33*(3), 593-617.

Liñán, F., & Fayolle, A. (2015). A systematic literature review on
entrepreneurial intentions: citation, thematic analyses, and research
agenda. *International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal*, *11*(4),

Liñán, F., & Fernandez-Serrano, J. (2014). National culture,
entrepreneurship and economic development: different patterns across the
European Union. *Small Business Economics, 42*(4), 685-701.

Paul, J, Parthasarathy, S & Gupta, P. (2017). Exporting Challenges of SMEs:
A Review and Research Agenda. *Journal of World Business*,
Onlinefirst, *

Paul, J. & Dikova, D. (2016).  Internationalization of Asian Firms: An
Overview and Research Agenda.*Journal Of East-West Business* , 22(4),

Paul, J., & Shrivastava, A. (2016). Do Young Managers in a Developing
Country have stronger entrepreneurial intentions?, *International Business
Review*, 25(6), 1197-1210.

Paul, J., & Gupta, P. (2014). Process and intensity of internationalization
of IT firms–Evidence from India. *International Business Review,* *23*(3),

Paul, J. (2015). Does WTO increase Trade and causes convergence?, *The
International Trade Journal,*29 (4), 291-308.

Paul, J. (2015) Market access and the mirage of marketing to the maximum:
new measures, *Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics*, 27(4), 676
– 688.

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