The Networking Behaviour of Indian Executives Under Environmental Uncertainty Abroad: An Exploratory Analysis

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Focused networking has become a significant source of effective internationalization. Prior research has shown that networking can improve the internationalization performance of companies, as local contacts provide access to relevant information that is typically unavailable otherwise. Several factors, such as the level of environmental uncertainty faced abroad, can significantly affect the optimal networking of senior executives in foreign markets. However, there is a lack of research about how environmental uncertainty affects ideal networking behavior. In this study, we examined the impact of the fit between environmental uncertainty and the networking behavior of Indian executives on the internationalization performance of their companies. We collected data from 197 Indian executives with significant experience in European and other markets to test our model. We examined five potential environmental uncertainty factors, including the FDI-related environment, the macroeconomic environment, the material and infrastructure environment, the consumption environment and the competitive environment, as well as four networking behavior dimensions, including proactivity, commitment, strategy and tie strength. The results from a profile deviation analysis reveal that ideal networking behavior profiles exist for different types and levels of environmental uncertainty. In summary, the findings from the study provide useful guidelines for Indian and other executives about how to network abroad given different types and levels of environmental uncertainty, and they offer new perspectives to improve the internationalization performance of these executives.

Authors Srivastava, Mohit; Moser, Roger & Hartmann, Evi
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Business Research : JBR
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Refereed Yes
Date 19 January 2018
Publisher Elsevier
Place of Publication New York, NY
Volume 82
Page Range 230-245
ISSN 0148-2963
ISSN-Digital 1873-7978
Publisher DOI 10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.09.036
Depositing User Dr. Roger Moser
Date Deposited 19 Sep 2017 18:35
Last Modified 11 Jul 2018 07:14
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/251843

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Srivastava, Mohit; Moser, Roger & Hartmann, Evi (2018) The Networking Behaviour of Indian Executives Under Environmental Uncertainty Abroad: An Exploratory Analysis. Journal of Business Research : JBR, 82 230-245. ISSN 0148-2963

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