The Internationalization of SMEs in Costa Rica

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Leiva Bonilla, Juan Carlos (2013)
  • Journal: Integration and Trade, volume 37, issue 17, pages 39-52
  • Subject: PEQUEÑAS Y MEDIANAS EMPRESAS, POLITICA COMERCIAL, ACCESO A LOS MERCADOS, POLITICAS PUBLICAS EN GENERAL, SECTOR PUBLICO, PYMES
    • jel: jel:F1 | jel:L11 | jel:L25 | jel:L53

This article aims to analyze the internationalization process of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Costa Rica. Its ultimate goal is to draw conclusions that might enable the various stakeholders in the process (businesses, government, support agencies, and academia) to make decisions based on better information. To do this we will review the current status of this business sector, compare the patterns of internationalization identified in the theory with those experienced by Costa Rican companies, investigate the determining factors in these companies' performance, and evaluate the support system available to this group of enterprises.
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