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SME Network Taxonomy: A Qualitative Study of Network Practice in the EU

SME Network Taxonomy: A Qualitative Study of Network Practice in the EU
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Author(s): Andreas Nilsson (Goteborg University, Sweden) and Johan Magnusson (Goteborg University, Sweden)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 3
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch112
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330

Abstract

The organizing of resources and inter-firm collaboration according to a network paradigm is highly emergent. This paper presents the results of an investigation aimed at describing a generic taxonomy of network practice among European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s). From data collected through a pan-European two-folded investigation enveloping 49 interview- and 121 questionnaire-respondents, three generic network profiles are identified (“Supply-chain Co-operative networks” (SCN), “R&D Cooperative Networks” (RCN) and “Business Co-operative Networks” (BCN)).

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