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    Born global networks: The role of connectors


    Smith, Adele R and Ryan, Paul A and Collings, D. (2012) Born global networks: The role of connectors. European Journal of International Management, 6 (5). ISSN 1751-6757

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    Abstract

    The nature of born global firms which from inception, seek to derive significant competitive advantage from the use of resources and the sales of outputs in multiple countries remains poorly understood. Given the lack of resources which born globals tend to have compared with larger international competitors the importance of social capital and network ties in addressing their liabilities of newness and smallness have received some attention. However, how these network ties actually operate and the nuances inside of these networks are as yet not fully understood. This paper seeks to address this knowledge gap by attempting to unpack the black box of the social networks and connectors which born globals draw upon in their internationalisation efforts. Based on a study of the indigenous Irish digital, film and TV production industry, our research points to a suite of both weak and strong connectors which facilitate the internationalisation of the firms in our sample.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: born globals; connectors; international entrepreneurship; internationalisation; networks; social network analysis;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 12875
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1504/EJIM.2012.049642
    Depositing User: Adele Smith-Auchmuty
    Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 09:58
    Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of International Management
    Publisher: Inderscience Enterprises Ltd
    Refereed: Yes
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