Turning Social Capital into Business?

Angelika Lindstrand, Sara Melén, Emilia Rovira

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The effects of using personal networks have in recent years become a topic of interest in the research area that focuses on the internationalization process of the firm. Few studies have, however, used the concept of social capital when studying the internationalization process of high-tech SMEs. In this explorative case study, ten Swedish SMEs in the biotech business have been examined in order to see how they use social capital for accessing the critical resources that they need in their internationalization process. The results of the study indicate that the usefulness of social capital changes during this process and that the wrong perception of social capital’s usefulness can lead to unsuccessful internationalization.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherCenter for Strategic Management and Globalization
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)8791815274
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes
SeriesSMG Working Paper

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