Internationalisation of innovation in SMEs: Case Studies, Exemplary Support Practices and Policy Implications

The publication features twelve case studies of innovative SMEs with insightful international activity and a comprehensive analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of European policy measures and infrastructure seeking to enhance such internationalisation. It is the first EU official study exploring explicitly and exclusively international cooperation in the field of innovation from a European SME perspective.

The study identified four principal challenges when internationalising innovation: having to stay at the top end of international technological and knowledge development; establishing contacts to foreign countries; dealing with foreign cultures; and dealing with governmental policy, regulation in particular. Dedicated national and European policy measures may help in tackling these challenges.

Document type
  • Policy/Strategy


Publication Year


Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Stefan Lilischkis, Jza Abbas, Robbin Te Velde
Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 27)
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General

Entry created by Anna Sirocco on September 5, 2016
Modified on September 5, 2016