Interactive Ecosystem for Portuguese Business Internationalization (IEcPBI)

Internally funded project

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Project Details

Start date: 01/09/2018
End date: 30/09/2021


Nowadays, firms need to engage in a continuous innovation process and constantly restructure their operations
to meet the requirements of both national and international competition. Firms must find new ways to develop a
competitive advantage, which entails searching for and acquiring new skills, resources and competences. Traditional
theories of internationalization focused mainly on multinational companies, giving less importance to entrepreneurs
with their small businesses. However, the development of the business world has been breaking all boundaries
with the increasing internationalization of firms, not dependent on their size, activity sector or geographical area of
origin. It is also widely acknowledged that organizations have suffered a large evolution at the technological level
where the traditional barriers of information and knowledge transferring have been progressively eliminated. Digital
transformation (DT), in business practice can enable significant competitive advantage. DT can also be seen as a
deep and accelerating transformation with regard to processes, activities, competences and models, in order to take
advantage of the changes and opportunities offered by the inclusion of digital technologies into an organization.
Given the complexity of the issue under analysis, the field of International Relations may contribute to a broader and
more encompassing approach, namely through what is known as the International Economic Relations, as well as
through a fundamental area for investors that is Economic Diplomacy and Protocol. These domains will be able to
raise the entrepreneurs' awareness of the specificities of their targeting markets in terms of their cultural traditions
and more informal requirements. In the literature of business internationalization, a large number of scientific studies focus on the determinants of internationalization and more specifically, on their relationship with the success / failure of internationalization. In this perspective, the company is treated as a "black box", as a set of factors that will lead to a certain result. On the other hand, this work aims to present a study focused on the perspective of the entrepreneur and his perception about the internationalization process of his company, more specifically, about the factors that enhanced the company entry into foreign markets as well as the constraints found in this process. In this project, through an empirical study within international firms, we intend to develop a Theoretical Model that measures the enhancing factors of Portuguese business internationalization and assess the most frequent barriers and constraints in this process. Furthermore, we intend to build a website with relevant information to the internationalization process of Portuguese firms.


Human Resource Management
Information technology
Internacionalização empresarial
International business
International Relations

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