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Differences in scaling between inclusive SMEs and MNEs in a BoP context

Vaanholt, June R.S.M. te (2021) Differences in scaling between inclusive SMEs and MNEs in a BoP context.

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Abstract:Poverty is still one of the world’s most intractable problems (London, 2008). Over half the world population lives on less than $5.50 a day, otherwise known as the Base of the Pyramid (BoP). To provide a long term solution for these people, they have to lift themselves out of poverty. One such way is that businesses include people from the BoP in their value chains, thus becoming inclusive businesses. Key is that they not only have social impact, but are profitable as well. However, many inclusive businesses fail to survive. To reach viability, scaling is crucial. This research focusses on the research gap in differences in scaling between inclusive SMEs and MNEs in a BoP context, thus proving a first insight into how successful SMEs and MNEs have scaled. To do so, a framework by Bocken et al. (2016), containing scaling aims, methods and actions, was used to analyse the six sample companies. While it is difficult to make generalisations, both commonalities and differences have been identified within this sample that consisted of an equal number of SMEs and MNEs. Thus setting a base for further research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88582
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