International virtual networking capabilities and firm performance: A study of international entrepreneurial Australian SMEs

Glavas, Charmaine & Mathews, Shane W. (2014) International virtual networking capabilities and firm performance: A study of international entrepreneurial Australian SMEs. In ANZIBA proceedings 2014 'International Business: Institutions, Organisations, and Markets', Auckland, New Zealand.


The Internet is a critical resource for a new generation of small and medium sized enterprise. Specifically, the Internet is important for small entrepreneurial firms in pursuing international opportunities through increased digital integration. As such, the Internet has been identified as a key enabler of international entrepreneurship (Reuber & Fischer, 2011). By facilitating international business for many entrepreneurial SMEs, the Internet has the ability to increase the quality and speed of communications, lower transaction costs, and facilitate the development of international networks. Although the Internet has been found to play a pivotal role in the creation of international relationships and is a mechanism for the creation of international growth opportunities in SMEs (Mathews & Healy, 2008), the role of the international entrepreneurial decision-maker in the development of international virtual networks for leveraging opportunities in internationalisation remains unclear. The findings of this research indicate that developing an ‘international virtual network capability’ forms an important part of the firm’s resource and more specifically dynamic capability base, which is just one component of a firm’s resource bundle that builds towards successful internationalisation via an Internet platform.

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ID Code: 73036
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: International entrepreneurship, Internet, firm performance, SMEs, international virtual networking capabilities
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations) (150503)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
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Deposited On: 24 Jun 2014 23:54
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2015 14:05

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