Since their independence in 1991 Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have struggled to transform into market-oriented economies. During a decade, the Baltic countries have accomplished an impressive reorientation of foreign trade, and today the EU represents the most important trading partner of the Baltics. However, foreign trade is still far from fully developed, which leaves opportunities for new foreign actors to participate and affect the growing trade volumes of the Baltic countries.
The Uppsala model is the most accepted paradigm regarding the internationalisation process of the firm. This thesis tries to complement the Uppsala model with Porter’s theories regarding internationalisation. Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to study to what extent the Uppsala model is applicable to a small manufacturing firm, and to see if the [...]
This thesis analyzes the product cycles of five different product groups within the Swedish machinery export during the time period 1964-2003.The result is that even though Sweden is a preferable region to launch new products and adopt new technologies, according to the product cycle models, the production is approaching a decreasing regional specialisation. Contents 1 [...]