The main objectives of the first phase of the project implementation focused on the research documentation and the initiation of the empirical studies, as follows:
O1. The investigation of the opportunities and constraints of the European SMEs in the process of internationalization from an interdisciplinary perspective;
O2. The analysis of the state-of-the-art in the exploration of the intellectual capital (human, structural and relational) in the European SMEs (ongoing in 2019);
O3. The examination of the level of internationalization of the Romanian SMEs (ongoing in 2019).
The main results to be achieved during the first phase of the project implementation envisaged the publication of at least three scientific articles indexed in international databases and the attendance at two international conferences. In this vein, four scientific articles on related topics were published in journals indexed in the Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics), Scopus, ERIH Plus, etc. and three conference papers were presented during international conferences whose proceedings are in the process of indexation in the Web of Science.
Given the interdisciplinary scope of the project and the interconnected research areas, the main deliverables (i.e., publications) during the first phase of the project implementation revolved around the following key issues:
KI1. the opportunities and constraints of the European SMEs in the process of internationalization from a dichotomous perspective – theoretical and empirical;
KI2. the harnessing of intellectual capital (human, structural and relational) from a twofold perspective: within enterprises and within specialized communities;
KI3. the challenges of human capital working in SMEs from different European countries in the context of the digital era;
KI4. the role of the knowledge dynamics (as the kernel of the intellectual capital) in the process of decision-making within Romanian enterprises;
KI5. the challenges of the virtual work environments for the Romanian managers from the perspective of the intellectual capital dimensions.
The extended Research Report 2018 can be accessed at IC_SMEU 2018