Announcing: Singh, Amarjeet Mastana and John Walsh, “Integration in The Mekong–Ganga Business Region: An Identification of Determinants Related to Small & Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) Start-Ups by Indian Entrepreneurs in Bangkok,” Journal of Global Management Research, Vol.6, No.2 (December, 2010), pp.51-60, available at: http://gmrjournal.com/GMRJ-V6N2-DEC2010-51-60.pdf.
Abstract: Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are the real backbone of the Thai economy and, consequently, deserving of careful examination. One subset of SME entrepreneurs that has received little attention until now has been the ethnic Indian entrepreneurs resident in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. This study details qualitative research that explores the personal characteristics of entrepreneurs, such as age, education and business experience and the usefulness of environmental factors such as government support, market size; competition and the location of the enterprise as contextual factors influencing the Indian entrepreneurs’ decisions concerning where and whether to start-up a new venture. Access to the whole Mekong region and to Asia Pacific countries generates powerful incentives for Indian and ethnic Indian SMEs to penetrate the Thai market. In-depth interviews indicated that the age of the entrepreneurs, their education and operational factors in starting business abroad do not significantly influence entrepreneurs’ intentions to internationalize. However, environmental factors such as the usefulness of government support services do significantly affect entrepreneurs’ intentions to internationalize. Entrepreneurs also revealed that business experience, infrastructure and market size are other factors that support a decision to start an SME in Bangkok.
KEY-WORDS: SME, Indian Entrepreneur, Thailand, International Business, Investment