Title: The role of ethnic networks in export activities: the case of Australia

Authors: Steve Bakalis, Therese A Joiner

Addresses: School of Applied Economics, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus, Melbourne, Australia. ' School of Business, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia, 3086

Abstract: New exporting opportunities frequently arise serendipitously via interpersonal contacts and networks. There is increasing recognition that local ethnic business associations, and their respective communities, can play a vital role as another international networking and export promotion link contributing to the development and implementation of a national export plan. This study explores the nature of some of Australia|s ethnic chambers of commerce, their role in promoting exports, opportunities for their effective work with government, and best practices for enhancing their activities. The study also seeks to establish ways of consolidating and enhancing the chambers| role as an integral part of social dynamics and network in international business.

Keywords: ethnic business communities; ethnic chambers of commerce; export activity; networking; policy; ethnic networks; Australia; international business; exporting; best practice; social dynamics; ethnic business associations.

DOI: 10.1504/JIBED.2006.011953

Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, 2006 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.85 - 108

Available online: 04 Jan 2007 *

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