Abstract

There are at least two different types of firm that enter international market, born global and gradual global firms. Both firms differ in terms of time and speed but they all depend on their international contacts. Many studies have explored the idea of international network. However, what is still lacking is the role of local network during this process. To what extent do local networks support or maybe even hinder the internationalisation process? By exploring the details of personal and firm networks, this study intends to reveal the importance of local networks for both types of firms.

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