Journal of International Entrepreneurship

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 289–303

Micromultinationals: Some Preliminary Evidence on an Emergent ‘Star’ of the International Entrepreneurship Field

  • Kevin Ibeh
  • Jeffrey E. Johnson
  • Pavlos Dimitratos
  • Jonathan Slow

DOI: 10.1007/s10843-004-0113-2

Cite this article as:
Ibeh, K., Johnson, J., Dimitratos, P. et al. J Int Entrepr (2004) 2: 289. doi:10.1007/s10843-004-0113-2


This paper provides some preliminary evidence on the behaviour of the micromultinational, an emergent player in the international entrepreneurship field. Using survey data from the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, it found that mMNEs originate from a mixture of high and low technology sectors and employ Foreign Direct Investment as well as international contractual approaches in servicing their foreign target markets. It also concluded that micromultinationals’ overseas market selection decisions were mainly influenced by market- and knowledge-seeking factors rather than considerations of psychic proximity. The implications of these summary findings for policy, theory and future research are discussed in the paper.

micromultinationals global SMEs internationalisation entry mode and psychic distance 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Ibeh
    • 1
  • Jeffrey E. Johnson
    • 2
  • Pavlos Dimitratos
    • 3
  • Jonathan Slow
    • 4
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeGlasgow
  2. 2.St. Mary’s UniversitySan Antonio
  3. 3.Athens University of Economics and BusinessUSA
  4. 4.Scottish Enterprise

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