Observatory of European SMEs 2003 / No. 4 Luxembourg: Eur-Op, 2003 - 73 p. Eur-Op Catalogue nb NB-AM-03-014-**-C EN This report investigates how SMEs internationalise their activities and the main reasons for internationalisation. It also focuses on how internationalisation affects SMEs' organisation and their competitiveness.
A view on those barriers that hinder SMEs' internationalisation is given as well.
The aim of this report is to verify that SMEs are involved in internationalisation in a much more complex manner than as mere exporters. The report will analyse how SMEs are involved in the international activities.