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How do the dynamics of social and business networks influence the internationalization of small to medium‐size high‐tech businesses? This question is particularly relevant for small and medium‐size enterprises (SMEs) in developing economies, which frequently do not have access to the resources required for successful international expansion. A qualitative study of three Tunisian firms explores the role played by networks in the internationalization of high‐tech SMEs. The results show that personal, local, and international networks have a significant impact on the SMEs’ access to the resources they need for their ongoing internationalization. The results of the study lead to three propositions concerning the internationalization of SMEs and highlight their implications for practitioners.
Subject(s)business , business model , business networking , commerce , economic geography , economics , electronic business , finance , high tech , industrial organization , international trade , internationalization , law , marketing , political science , small and medium sized enterprises , small business
SCImago Journal Rank0.227
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