From data sources to information sharing in SME collaborative networks supporting internationalization: A socio-semantic approach

Eric Costa, António Lucas Soares, Jorge Pinho de Sousa

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    Abstract

    Information is a crucial asset to successful internationalization, as it allows to reduce risks and uncertainty and to facilitate international expansion. Information about foreign markets and activities can be obtained by companies from internal or external sources, and in formal or informal ways. Industrial business associations (IBAs) are one of the external information sources. Due to their resource constraints, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) tend to highly depend on the services and information of IBAs to expand their business overseas. However, to improve their role in supporting SME internationalization, one important development is for IBAs to evolve towards more collaborative networks, by sharing more organized and valued information with their associates, but also by fostering information flows and more collaborations between them. This paper contributes to this view by synthetizing current data and information sources to support SME internationalization, based on a literature review, on interviews with Portuguese IBAs, and on expert opinion. An innovative aspect is to present a first instantiation of a socio-semantic model, opening paths for further developments in this area, and contributing to the community of Collaborative Networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCollaboration in a Data-Rich World
    EditorsLuis Camarinha-Matos, Hamideh Afsarmanesh, Rosanna Fornasiero
    Place of PublicationCham
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
    Pages478-490
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)9783319651507
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event18th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises - Vicenza, Italy
    Duration: 18 Sept 201720 Sept 2017

    Publication series

    NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
    PublisherSpringer
    Volume506
    ISSN (Print)1868-4238
    ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X

    Conference

    Conference18th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises
    Abbreviated titlePRO-VE 2017
    Country/TerritoryItaly
    CityVicenza
    Period18/09/1720/09/17

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