Oxford Brookes Business School

SME internationalisation - Born Global?

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Who this event is for

  • SMEs


Online event


Please note that this event is specifically aimed at SMEs from any sector but that must have international operations or plans for internationalisation.

This webinar, presented by Dr Joanna Karmowska, will explore the challenges and opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises undertaking international expansion.

Traditional sequential models of internationalisation will be discussed, alongside the concept of “born global” firms which represent accelerated internationalisation driven by globalisation. Recent research findings on SME internationalisation will be discussed during the session; in particular a project that explored the role of strategy, decision making and network links in the internationalisation of SMEs in China, Denmark, Egypt, India, Jordan, Poland, the UAE and the UK.

The webinar will end with a discussion about the potential changes to the entrepreneurial landscape as a result of the current pandemic and will examine the barriers as well as the opportunities the context presents for entrepreneurial activity.

Dr Joanna Karmowska gained her PhD in Sociology from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland; she has also undertaken executive education at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

After having worked in managerial roles in business, Joanna moved to an academic career in 2007. Joanna’s main focus of academic as well as consultancy work has been on the international aspects of organisations.

Results of her research have been published in highly ranked academic journals such as the British Journal of Management, the International Business Review, and the Journal of World Business. Joanna has also published numerous book chapters, as well as practitioner-oriented reports and conference papers. Her work has been recognised with a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.

In order to deliver the best learning experience possible, we will be managing the mix of participants taking part in each session. Please register your interest and once your application has been accepted, you will be sent joining details.