GOING INTERNATIONAL - Lost in Translation? Connections, Connecting and Connectivity in Internationalisation

We invite you to come and talk about challenges and/or successes you have faced in connecting, connections and connectivity when internationalising.

Making connections in the home market feels natural, but is not always as easy as it seems, especially when looking for help to establish connections abroad. Making connections directly with people in foreign markets may be more challenging and requires some cultural agility to navigate unfamiliar networks in new places and situations. If this sounds familiar, please join us to share your experiences whether positive or negative, successful or unsuccessful with others who are involved in going international, or building international businesses.


What’s in it for me (or my company)?

An opportunity to:

    • build your own support network and make connections with people who can help

    • connect with Sheffield University Management School

    • share your experiences of going, or trying to go international

    • learn from the experiences of others

    • gather ideas that might help improve your firm’s successes overseas

    • talk about your ideas with members of support organisations and university researchers


Event timetable

8.30 am      Breakfast/coffee and networking

9.00 am      “Going Global – Hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy” presentation by Professor Marian Jones

9.30 am      Round table discussions facilitated by project leads

12.00pm     Questions and summary

12.30pm     Delicious lunch and networking


Where is it?

The event is in Halifax Hall in the Ennis conference room. It is located on the west side of Sheffield City Centre and only a short walk from Ecclesall Road. Halifax Hall offers accessible car parking, electric car charging point, and free Wi-Fi. For more information please visit http://www.halifaxhall.co.uk/about-us/

Address: Halifax Hall (Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10 3ER)


What is this event about?

The event takes the form of a “sandpit.” A sandpit is an event at which people from different backgrounds get together to talk about a theme of mutual interest. This allows people to exchange and share viewpoints, identify problems or opportunities and work towards solutions. The purpose of a sandpit is to share and generate ideas, and to let everyone have a voice – you will not be listening to a lecture or presentation of best practice.

The sandpit will be informal with a maximum of around 30 people. After brief introductions, you will join a small group to talk with and exchange views about your different experiences of making connections locally, and overseas for international business. Whether your experience was successful or not does not matter. You do not need to prepare anything in advance, just register, turn up and join in!

The sandpit is funded by the University of Sheffield Management School, and the European Regional Development Fund. It is part of a collaborative and participative research study on the real, lived experience of internationalisation. It aims to understand, from those involved, what internationalisation actually means to them and how it affects them personally and socially, as well as how it impacts their businesses and local communities. This sandpit is the second of two events in the study whose purpose, beyond the above, is to involve people in the design and purpose of what will become a larger study. Your participation is very much appreciated and any feedback you give will be used to refine and focus the study where it matters.



Please note this event will be digitally recorded for research purposes (and complies to GDPR and University of Sheffield Ethical rules and principals).


The researchers:

Marian Jones. My research over 30 years has been on the experience of small and new firms in extending their products, companies and expertise into different industry sectors and countries. My recent work has focused on start-up firms in the life science and medical device sectors.

Melanie Hassett. I have over 10 years of experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As). My research focuses on the inter-personal connections and cultural integration in post-acquisition phase in IT and Advanced Manufacturing sector.

Tina McGuiness. My research focuses on risk and resilience in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Among others my research is about organisational preparedness, business continuity practice, and strategy practice in SMEs. My recent work has been in the Water sector.

Junzhe Ji. Enhanced by work experience in both China and UK, my research focuses on international decision-making and cultural values of Chinese SME owners.

Karl Warner. I am currently at Edinburgh Napier University. My research concerns the ways in which small and medium sized firms develop dynamic capabilities through cross-industry and international networking, to enhance their international competitiveness.


This event is organised by Sheffield University Management School in collaboration with the Department for International Trade.

Event Details

When: November 15, 2018 at 8:30am—1:30pm

Where: Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10 3ER

Type: Business

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