Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bridging, Bonding and Linking Global Entrepreneurs: The Case of Sri Lanka

Title:Bridging, bonding, and linking global entrepreneurs: The Case of Sri Lanka 

Dr. Gertrude I. Hewapathirana
Abstract:The purpose of this study is to understand the dynamics and the nature of successful international business relationships between Sri Lankan small business (SB) entrepreneurs and Sri Lankan emigrants in other countries. Using social capital and social network theory framework, this phenomenological study found the nature and underlying values of business relationships that glue Sri Lankan SB entrepreneurs and their 
emigrant counterparts. ‘Family-like relationships’ and embedded values lead to developing trusting partnerships that became the sources of augmenting knowledge, resources and internationalization of Sri Lankan SBs. The findings will be useful for international human resource development (IHRD) practitioners to develop training interventions to promote SB internationalization. The implications for IHRD practice and research are discussed. It is important for IHRD scholars to conduct in-depth qualitative research to gain a deeper understanding of hidden values and practices of various SB communities whereas practitioners can initiate actions to develop global SBs. 
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 Reference:Hewapathirana, G. I. (2014). Bridging, bonding and linking global entrepreneurs: the case of Sri Lanka,Human Resource Development International, 17(2), 164-182. 
Author Bio: Dr. Gertrude I. Hewapathirana is an Associate Professor at the Forbes School of Business & Technology™ at Ashford University. Her expertise is in the fields of international business, entrepreneurship, strategy, and human resources. She obtained her PhD, MSc, and MA degrees from the University of Minnesota and her MBA is from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Gertrude is a Fulbright scholar and a Hubert Humphrey International Fellow.  She has fifteen years of industry experience holding senior leadership positions. Dr. Hewapathirana has published a book, three book chapters, two book reviews, and over three dozen peer reviewed research articles in top journals and conference proceedings. Contact her at
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