Internationalization of Entrepreneurial Firms

7.5 credits

The course deepens theoretical knowledge on internationalization process theories, with a particular focus on international entrepreneurship – being the discovery, enactment, evaluation and exploitation of opportunities across national boarders to create future goods and services. Application and analysis is made of small and medium-sized entrepreneurial firms expanding abroad. Such firms often have a rapid internationalization, labelled as International New Ventures or Born Globals being international from inception. Entrepreneurial firms are companies that bring new products and services to markets through identifying and acting on opportunities, and as part of the course focus on internationalization, the students will develop and present an international new venture proposal for an existing, or soon to be, INV.


The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.

The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.

In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.