Innovation and Internationalization in an Emerging Market Context: Moderating Effects of Interpersonal and Organizational Social Networks


This study draws upon the social network theory to understand under what conditions innovation influences firm internationalization in the context of Vietnamese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We theorize that different types of social networks play varying roles in moderating the relationship between innovation and firm internationalization. Using a panel dataset of more than 15,800 observations of SMEs, we found that high levels of interorganizational social networks positively moderate the relationship between innovation and firm internationalization. However, there is no such relationship for interpersonal social networks for the studied firms. Our findings will allow SME managers to better understand the crucial role that interorganizational social networks can play in their successful internationalization.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Additional Information: Copyright © 2023 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation,Internalization,Interpersonal/interorganizational social networks,SMEs,Social network theory,Vietnam,Business and International Management,Finance,Strategy and Management
Publication ISSN: 1873-0620
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 07:40
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2023 15:17
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-04
Published Online Date: 2023-02-02
Accepted Date: 2023-01-20
Authors: Do, Hoa (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5442-507X)
Nguyen, Bach (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1527-7443)
Shipton, Helen



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