Table of Contents
2.0 Literature Review
2.1 Why companies go global
2.2 SME Approaches to Internationalisation
2.2.2 Foreign Direct Investment:
2.2.3 Strategic Alliances/Joint Ventures:
2.3 Market Entry
3.0 Background Theory
3.1 What is Planning and why is it important
3.2 Long Term Planning
3.3 5 P’s of strategy (Mintzberg and Quinn, 1996)
3.4 Internationalisation Theory
3.5 Stages of Internationalisation and SMEs
4.0 Internationalisation Risks and Challenges
4.1 Barriers to exporting
5.0 Managerial significance of Strategic Planning
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Many organisations attempt to diversify when their flagship product has reached the maturity point in its current market life cycle (Levitt, 1965). In order to ensure the long run sustainability of the firm, they must try to diversify or develop new products. According to Ansoff (1957), a firm has four options; market penetration, new product development, market development or diversification. For the purpose of this study we will be focusing on market development in relation to small to medium sized enterprises.
This study will analyse the importance of strategic planning in the success of the process of internationalization. Internationalisation can play a very important role in determining firm’s long-term success, and the scale of expansion and risks involved are substantial (Smolarski and Wilner, 2005). Strategic planning describes the strategy a firm will use to achieve its goals in the long run (David, 1989). We will access the importance of organisation wide planning in the success of SME’s in new markets. Our study will focus on the departmental roles of marketing, human resources and finance. We will attempt to integrate the marketing strategy of Flahavans and the human resource strategy of the Four Seasons. The main aim of the study is to access why there is a paucity of strategic planning in SME’s when studies have shown that firms with strategic planning outperform those without simply by having direction and a unified goal (Wang, 2008)
This text will begin with a brief introduction to the underlying theories in strategic planning and internationalization. We will also look at what an SME is and their importance to economies around the globe. Following on from this will the text will review the relevant literature in the area and propose some recommendations and access the managerial significance of this area.
There has been a sizable body of literature published on the internationalisation of SME’s in recent years (Coviello, 1999; Knight, 2000; Zacharakis, 1997; Lu& Beamish, 2001). This text will attempt to access the role of strategic planning in the market entry decision. SME’s are faced which more difficult decisions than MNE are when it comes to new markets. SME’s can enter new markets by direct export, licensing, contract manufacturing, strategic alliance or through a merger or acquisition (Kotler, 2002).
What is Internationalisation?
The term internationalisation refers to the growing of transactions and interdependence between countries. (Scholte, 2008). It can also be described as the “process of integrating an international, intercultural, or global dimension”. (Boston College 2003) (Johanson and Vahlne, 1977) as cited by (Slater et al...
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