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The internationalization process of born global high technology SMEs: The moderating role of business and social networks

The internationalization process of born global high technology SMEs: The moderating role of business and social networks

Batas, S. and Liu, L. (2013) The internationalization process of born global high technology SMEs: The moderating role of business and social networks. In: 2013 Suzhou-Silicon Valley-Beijing International Innovation Conference. IEEE, pp. 25-30. ISBN 978-1-4799-0339-9 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1109/SIIC.2013.6624161)

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Abstract

This paper examines the moderating role of business and social networks in the internationalization process of born global high technology Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the context of developed and emerging economies. We develop a conceptual model in which the relationship between the two types of networks and the internationalization process (speed, geographic scope and entry mode) is analysed. We conclude that both business and social networks contribute to faster internationalization and offer necessary knowledge on new market opportunities. Our model aligns with previous studies and depicts the important role that institutional networks, part of business networks in this study, play in the internationalization process. We suggest that policy makers and entrepreneurs of high technology SMEs should be encouraged to develop all the necessary mechanisms to support and enhance early internationalization.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 2013 Suzhou-Silicon Valley-Beijing International Innovation Conference
Additional Information: Conference held in Suzhou, China, 8-9 July 2013.
Uncontrolled Keywords: SMEs, networks
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 15:01
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22838

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