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Decision Mode, Information and Network Attachment in the Internationalization of SMEs: A Configurational and Contingency Analysis

Child, John and Hsieh, Linda (2013) Decision Mode, Information and Network Attachment in the Internationalization of SMEs: A Configurational and Contingency Analysis. Discussion Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

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There has been limited attention to the internationalization of SMEs as a decision, and how the application of contrasting decision modes is associated with different information use and patterns of network attachment. This paper offers a new and systematic analysis of the likely associations between decision modes, information use, and network attachment among internationalizing SMEs. The analysis is applied to three categories of SME, identified in terms of their knowledge domain. By focusing on the relation between a relatively neglected subject – decision modes – and other issues that have been more centre-field, the paper contributes to an analytic synthesis in the field of SME research.

Type of Work:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:41
Department:Birmingham Business School
Date:09 August 2013
Series/Collection Name:Birmingham Business School Discussion Paper Series
Keywords:decision-making, information, SME knowledge domain, network attachment, internationalization.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Copyright Status:This discussion paper is copyright of the University, the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defied by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this paper must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Copies of the paper may be distributed and quotations used for research and study purposes, with due attribution. However, commercial distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:The Authors and the University of Birmingham
ID Code:1770

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