Top barriers and drivers to SME internationalisation

Lester Lloyd-Reason, Kevin Ibeh, Brynn Deprey

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This report presents the main findings of work undertaken in 2007-2008 by the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship in the framework of its activity on SME Internationalisation. Internationalisation and international entrepreneurship among SMEs is a topic of considerable relevance, principally owing to the observed growth effects of cross-border venturing, and the demonstrated capacity of SMEs to drive economic development at national, regional and global levels. A new report presents an in-depth analysis of the top barriers to SME internationalisation identified in previous OECD-APEC research, and offers deeper understanding of the measures aimed at addressing top barriers. It also reviews recent work on the factors that drive the internationalisation of SMEs.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationParis
Commissioning bodyOECD Centre for Entrepreneurship
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • SMEs
  • small and medium enterprises
  • internationalisation

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