The role of social capital in the internationalization of British and Indian SMEs

Puthusserry, Pushyarag and Child, John (2014) The role of social capital in the internationalization of British and Indian SMEs. In: 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business (AIB), 24-26 Jun 2014, Vancouver, Canada.

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Abstract

Recent studies on the internationalization of SMEs have highlighted the importance of social networks. A social
network forms the basis of social capital because it is comprises social relationships that provide an actual or
potential benefit to companies. The literature on the role of social capital in the internationalization of firms has focused mainly on how social capital initiates and enhances firms’ internationalization. However, the intrinsic changes in the nature and contributions of social capital related to SMEs internationalization are relatively unexplored. This issue is investigated for internationalizing British and Indian partner SMEs. Its methodology uses a qualitative “mirror” approach that accesses perceptions held by British and Indian partner SMEs. Social capital is investigated in terms of three different stages of the social capital building process: initiation, progression and maturity. The findings shows that social capital is not a static resource but a dynamic and potentially cumulative social phenomenon which is initiated, deepened, reproduced and extended over time, and the fostering of each of these requires different social and personal interventions, such as personal communication, understanding about each other and interpersonal trust. This indicates that entrepreneurial orientation influences the dynamic nature of social capital in the internationalization of SMEs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Abstract published in Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business, "Local Contexts in Global Business" Vancouver, Canada, June 24 26 2014, ISSN: 2078-0435
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2016 15:23
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 15:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65052
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