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Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship Strategy

Handbook of Research on International Entrepreneurship Strategy

Improving SME Performance Globally

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Pervez N. Ghauri and V. H. Manek Kirpalani

This impressive Handbook provides a dynamic perspective on the international entrepreneurial strategies of SMEs, including the role and experience of their founders, as well as the collaboration of these SMEs in networks with larger firms. The expert contributors from all over the world and the editors explore the origin and evolution of internationalizing SMEs, the changing history and the future outlook of this sector. They study the effects of different cultures on the origin and growth of entrepreneurship and SMEs. The Handbook also outlines the various types of Born Globals that emerge from different parts of the world.

Chapter 8: Managerial attitude as antecedent of network development for SME internationalization

M. Cristina Stoian and Pervez N. Ghauri

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, international business, strategic management, economics and finance, international business


This study examines the role played by managerial attitude in network development for SME internationalization. The findings reveal that managerial proactiveness in network development for international expansion significantly influences network structure, content and governance. Specifically, this will lead to an increase in indirect relationships as well as overall network size. The diversity and strategic orientation of resources exchanged with other actors will also grow as a result of intentional network development. Trust represents the main governance mechanism and will be deliberately maintained and enhanced by managers who build networks for internationalization purposes. Based on the findings, managerial implications and future research avenues are discussed.

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