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The Effect of Social Relationships on Company Internationalization
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

ABSTRACT

Title:

The Effect of Social Relationships on Company Internationalization

Course:

Master’s level Thesis (EFO705) in International Business and Entrepreneurship 10 Swedish credit points  (15 ECTS)

Authors:

Hanney Al-Qaisi & Bhupesh Reddy Kurre

Tutor:

Leif Linnskog

Problem:

How did social relationships affect the internationalization of a German IVF centre to the UAE? Using this case example, the thesis will be focused on studying the different social factors that could have affected the internationalization process.

Purpose:

The aim of this thesis was to describe the way that a local company in Germany went through internationalization to become a successfulmultinational company. We wanted to find out if there were any social factors that influenced the company. In particular, we wanted to investigate whether there were any entrepreneurial activities or barriers that influenced the company’s internationalisation and why it chose to open its subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is far from Germany.

Methods:

This thesis is based on a qualitative methodology for gathering and analysis of the data around the internationalization of the German company.Qualitative methods are the best techniques for looking into social relationships and whether they have an effect on the internationalization process.

Theories:

Uppsala-Model; Network Theory; Social, Business & Professional Relationships and International Entrepreneurship

Target Group:

This research provides knowledge and information to entrepreneurs businessowners, managers, general readers, and academics who would like to understand the influence of social relationships on internationalization. 

Conclusion:

Having searched through the published literature for relevant articles on the internationalization process, social relationships and entrepreneurial activities, we were able to inform our thesis with a theoretical framework for analyzing social relationships and internationalization. Social relationships do indeed have an influence on the internationalization process, and using our case example, it was possible to outline the patterns and nature of the influence. The theories (and patterns) are interlinked, and could be related in practical terms to the establishment of a satellite fertility centre in the UAE by a German head company.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
Internationalization, inter-organizational relationships, social networks, entrepreneurship
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-9798OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-9798DiVA: diva2:324615
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2010-07-05 Created: 2010-06-15 Last updated: 2010-07-05Bibliographically approved

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