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Social Capital Theory and the internationalisation process of Czech SMEs


  • David Pollard
  • Maria Jemicz


The process and rate of internationalisation of Czech SMEs has recently been affected through the country's accession to the EU. It seems appropriate, therefore, to re-assess the internationalisation processes of Czech SMEs and potential barriers to their entering foreign markets. The aims of this conceptual paper are two-fold; the first is to critically examine the relevant literature regarding the internationalisation process of SMEs in transformation economies in general and the Czech Republic in particular. Secondly, this paper contributes to the SME internationalisation debate by arguing for the inclusion of a Social Capital Theory (SCT) perspective.

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  • David Pollard & Maria Jemicz, 2010. "Social Capital Theory and the internationalisation process of Czech SMEs," International Journal of Economics and Business Research, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(3/4), pages 210-229.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijecbr:v:2:y:2010:i:3/4:p:210-229

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    Cited by:

    1. Andrea Éltető, 2017. "Export as a form of SME-internationalisation after the crisis – experiences of three European regions," IWE Working Papers 228, Institute for World Economics - Centre for Economic and Regional Studies- Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
    2. Paul, Justin & Parthasarathy, Sundar & Gupta, Parul, 2017. "Exporting challenges of SMEs: A review and future research agenda," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 52(3), pages 327-342.
    3. Iveta Simberova & Eliska Rekova, 2016. "Phenomenon of “Born Globals†in the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Czech Republic," European Research Studies Journal, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 0(4), pages 120-129.


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