Organizational-Social-Capital, Time and International Family SMEs:An Empirical Study from the East of England

Bika, Zografia and Kalantaridis, Christos (2019) Organizational-Social-Capital, Time and International Family SMEs:An Empirical Study from the East of England. European Management Review, 16 (3). pp. 525-541. ISSN 1740-4754

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Abstract

Previous studies on family-SME internationalization have largely focused on what resources are needed to drive an incremental process rather than how resource management occurs in historical time. This paper focuses on the latter, adopting a social capital perspective (capturing both internal, i.e. among family-SME board members, and external, cross border agent dyads, relations) in order to decipher case study data from the East of England. Findings show that it is not the presence or absence of organizational-social-capital that affects family-SME internationalization success but rather its variable use over the years driven by the future pursuit of longevity, not growth. Key within this context is the variable use of the international expertise and management capability of non-family managers in the family SME intra-organizational context. Ultimately this may lead to change and learning that occurs erratically, often including reversals, without causing family-SME progression across a sequence of incremental stages.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: family business,internationalization,social capital,history,sme
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 16:23
Last Modified: 19 May 2020 00:00
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65792
DOI: 10.1111/emre.12160

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