Originality/value – This study is the first linking measurable network competence to internationalisation decisions of SMEs, while also including environmental and industry considerations. It also provides further evidence for the importance of networks in SME internationalisation theory, but indicates that it is not only the business networks themselves but also the competence in developing and maintaining those networks that help SMEs internationalise.
Torkkeli, L., Puumalainen, K., Saarenketo, S. and Kuivalainen, O. (2011), "Chapter 5 The Effect of Network Competence and Environmental Hostility on the Propensity of SMEs to Internationalise", Verbeke, A., Tavares-Lehmann, A. and Van Tulder, R. (Ed.) Entrepreneurship in the Global Firm (Progress in International Business Research, Vol. 6), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 97-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1745-8862(2011)0000006008Download as .RIS
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