First Advisor

Desirée Pacheco

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration: Supply and Logistics Management and University Honors


Business Administration


Small business -- Management, Globalization, Strategic planning, Business logistics




This thesis explores how small businesses can internationalize successfully with strategic sourcing strategies. Current research covers the areas of small business strategy, internationalization theory, and supply chain, but there is limited discussion that involves all three topics. This thesis seeks to fill that gap. The thesis is composed of a literature review of the previously stated three topics, a review of case studies, and a list of best practices which integrate the findings from research. Best practices include planning adequately and using outside resources, gaining experiential knowledge, understanding the market and industry, establishing key relationships, and evaluating the sourcing situation using a framework before making sourcing decisions.


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