Farzana Akther

PhD Topic

Understanding an ecosystem facilitating early internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

  • An ecosystem for early internationalization of SMEs can be ideated as a framework consisting multi-layered arrangement of systematic and non-systematic actors, forces and resources which would encourage and enable SMEs and their entrepreneurs to acquire, build, protect and deploy appropriate firm-specific resources and capabilities for venturing in international market in a faster way. This research is dedicated to capture the architecture and dynamic of such an ecosystem.  Envisaged outcome of this research may be helpful to the policymakers and practitioners for designing appropriate support structure and package for the SMEs to internationalize faster and more in number.   



  • 1976 born in Khulna, Bangladesh
  • 1995 – 1999, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Khulna University, Bangladesh
  • 2008 – 2010, Master of Business Administration (MBA), International SEPT MBA Program, Leipzig University, Germany
  • 2017 –  on going, Doctoral candidate, International SEPT PhD Program, Leipzig University, Germany


Professional experiences

  • 2007 – 2008: External Lecturer for Financial Accounting, Business Administration Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh
  • 2013 – present date: Senior Lecturer, Business Administration Department, North Western University, Bangladesh


Scholarship and award

  • 2008 – 2009: DAAD Matching Fund Scholarship for SEPT MBA Program at Leipzig University, Germany


Research interest

  • SME Internationalization
  • Entrepreneurship Development
  • Entrepreneurship Education



  • Akther, F., Khan, S.M., and Hasan, M. (2016), Entrepreneurship Education: A Historical Review of Concepts and Cross-country Practices, Business Review, 10 (1&2), pp. 82-96
  • Akther, F., Yousuf, S., and Khan, S.M. (2016), Can Environmental Sustainability Orientation (ESO) be related to Entrepreneurial Intentions Among Individuals?  A Study of Undergraduate Students of the Business Schools in Khulna City, Business Review, 10 (1&2), pp. 77-81


Farzana Akther

International SEPT Program
Leipzig University
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04109 Leipzig

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