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Internationalization Process of Chinese SMEs: The Role of Business and Ethnic-Group based Social Networks

Lew, YK, Khan, Zaheer, Rao-Nicholson, Rekha, He, S (2016) Internationalization Process of Chinese SMEs: The Role of Business and Ethnic-Group based Social Networks. International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy, 1 (3/4). pp. 247-268. ISSN 2059-1047. E-ISSN 2059-1055. (doi:10.1504/IJMCS.2016.081123) (KAR id:60126)

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Abstract

This article examines how emerging market small and medium-sized enterprises (EM-SMEs) leverage their social network relationships for their internationalization process. Drawing from the internationalization process and network literature, it investigates four Chinese SMEs which have effectively entered foreign markets. The sample of Chinese manufacturing SMEs provides a valuable reference to compare and contrast the challenges and opportunities that foreign-network-constrained SMEs face in their internationalization process. The findings suggest that both business and ethnic group-based social ties as well as the strength of these networks play an important role in influencing the internationalization of Chinese SMEs. Particularly, the findings illustrate the importance and complementary role of ethnic ties (i.e., social networks), and relationships with multinationals (i.e., business networks) that enable the internationalization process of the EM-SMEs.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1504/IJMCS.2016.081123
Uncontrolled keywords: emerging market SMEs, internationalization process, social network, ethnic ties, China
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Depositing User: Zaheer Khan
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 15:05 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 12:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60126 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Khan, Zaheer: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5538-3123
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