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Virtual teams make SMEs leap like frogs: A research regarding how virtual teams influence the internationalization process within a SME
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to examine what impact the new phenomena of virtual teams have on a Swedish SMEs internationalization process. The method of the thesis was decided to be a qualitative study, together with an abductive approach. The data was collected by interviewing managers from six different SMEs that have implemented virtual teams in their organization. All companies are located in Sweden, and are active on the international market, or aim to be internationalized in a near future. Multiple theories are presented in the theoretical framework, the theories chosen to support this thesis are Internationalization, Small-medium enterprise, Virtual teams vs physical teams, and cultural dimensions influencing the team. Based on the theories, a conceptual framework model was developed to show the connection between the mentioned theories. All findings extracted from the interviews is presented in the empirical findings chapter, where the primary data describes each case answers regarding the specific topics and theories. The analysis chapter visualizes the connection between empirical findings and the different theories, presenting advantages and challenges when using a virtual team. The conclusion of the thesis show that implementation of virtual teams can help Swedish SMEs leap over stages in a classical internationalization process. The thesis intends to influence managers of SMEs to implement virtual teams to digitalize their company, or to make their internationalization process easier. Ending the thesis with recommendations for future research

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 64
Keywords [en]
Virtual Teams, Physical Teams, Team, Technology, Internationalization, Uppsala stage model, Network approach, Culture, Challenges, Advantages, Management, SMEs.
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-74678OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-74678DiVA, id: diva2:1210848
Subject / course
Business Administration - Other
Educational program
International Business Programme, 180 credits
Presentation
2018-05-28, Kalmar Nyckel, Kalmar, 16:24 (English)
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Available from: 2018-06-11 Created: 2018-05-29 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved

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