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The role of social networks and institutions in the internationalization of Russian entrepreneurial firms: Do they matter?


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  • Galina Shirokova


  • Patricia McDougall-Covin



Drawing upon network theory and institutional theory, this paper examines the influence of networks on the internationalization of Russian entrepreneurial firms. Our case analysis suggests that within the context of the Russian environment, networks play a much less important role in the internationalization process than it is usually assumed in the literature. For the Russian entrepreneurial firms examined in our study, the most important factor in their internationalization was their engagement in honest business practices that established trust and commitment in their relationships with international business partners. This study underscores the importance of the institutional context of an entrepreneurial firm’s country. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of International Entrepreneurship.

Volume (Year): 10 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 177-199

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jinten:v:10:y:2012:i:3:p:177-199

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Keywords: Networks; International entrepreneurship; Institutions; Russia; Case study; Honest business practices;


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  1. Victoria Golikova & Paivi Karhunen & Riitta Kosonen, 2013. "Internationalization of Russian firms as institutional arbitrage: The case of Finland," ERSA conference papers ersa13p1144, European Regional Science Association.


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