Building bridges across institutional distance: network development and the internationalisation of Scottish SMEs into China

Couper, Carole Catherine (2015) Building bridges across institutional distance: network development and the internationalisation of Scottish SMEs into China. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

How does the SME internationalisation network develop across institutional distance and why? In order to understand and explain the process of SME internationalisation network development between a developed economy (the UK) and an emerging one (China), a conceptual research framework was first developed from the integration of theories of small firm internationalisation (Child and Hsieh 2014; Coviello 2006; Jones and Coviello 2005), social networks (Burt 1995; 2011; Jack 2010; Slotte-Kock and Coviello 2010) and institutions (North 2009; Peng 2003; Scott 2008). Welch et al.'s (2011) 'contextualised causal explanation perspective’ was then applied in an empirical context, through the in-depth study of three cases of SME network development between Scotland and China, which resulted in findings that underline the interconnectedness between formal and informal institutions and their effects on the phenomenon. The thesis ultimately offers a causal explanation process model of SME internationalisation network development across institutional distance, answering calls from the internationalisation literature (Jones et al 2011) for a greater understanding of how and why institutions (Eden 2010) - and informal institutions (Sartor and Beamish 2014) in particular – matter.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: SME internationalisation, institutional distance, social networks, network development, Scotland, China
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Prashantham, Dr. Shameen and Young, Prof. Stephen and Duckett, Prof. Jane
Date of Award: 2015
Embargo Date: 14 January 2019
Depositing User: Dr Carole Couper
Unique ID: glathesis:2015-7031
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 16:45
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2016 10:24
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/7031

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