Internationalization is important for SMEs, and needs for government support policies are increasing in order to facilitate and diversify SME internationalization. As such, it is essential to objectively assess SME internationalization levels using model indices, on which potential problems in internationalization must be addressed. In this respect, APEC has stressed the importance of studies on the development of model indices and data collection regarding SME internationalization.
This study aims is to develop APEC SME Internationalization Model Indices. The feasibility of these model indices was tested using data collected through pilot studies from five member economies. Based on these studies, internationalization indices were calculated to perform several analyses.