Interfirm cooperation among small manufacturing firms
AuthorHanna, V; Walsh, K
Source TitleInternational Small Business Journal
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
University of Melbourne Author/sHANNA, VICTORIA
AffiliationManagement and Marketing
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsHanna, V. & Walsh, K. (2008). Interfirm cooperation among small manufacturing firms. INTERNATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS JOURNAL, 26 (3), pp.299-321. https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242608088740.
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C1 - Refereed Journal Article
This article evaluates interfirm cooperation among small manufacturing firms. Networks of small firms work together on numerous activities such as marketing, procurement or manufacturing; however, are certain `enablers' necessary for successful cooperation? To answer this question networking activities among small manufacturers were investigated. Over the course of 12 months 23 in-depth interviews were conducted: 7 with network brokers (network brokers identify opportunities, bring small firms together and facilitate cooperation), 2 with small firm business associations with an acknowledged stance on the benefits of small firm cooperation and 14 with small firms engaged in interfirm cooperation. These semi-structured discussions explored the key characteristics of successful networks, the motives for initiating a cooperative relationship, how firms managed appropriation concerns and how they coordinated tasks.The findings indicate a clear demarcation between networking activities that are led by brokers and those that are created of the participating firms' own volition.
KeywordsBusiness and Management
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