The Formation Process of SME Networks

A comparative case analysis of social processes in Austria, Belgium and Turkey

  • Authors
  • Marita Haas
  • Rudolf Vetschera

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Pages 1-13
  3. Pages 15-39
  4. Pages 41-66
  5. Pages 67-88
  6. Pages 193-216
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-254

About this book


Cooperation concepts can be considered as an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to overcome arising problems due to their size. Although the advantages of cooperations, such as cost sharing, access to new markets and increased flexibility, are well-known and discussed in literature, the realization of the concept remains challenging.

Marita Haas claims that social processes are decisive for the success of SME networks and creates a phase concept based on group theory that describes how owners of small enterprises enter into a cooperation. The framework is applied to three network formation cases in Austria, Belgium and Turkey. The author shows that group theory is a useful tool to understand and anticipate processes in networked organizations and indicates that the group formation process must be accomplished before a network will be able to create benefits.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Deutscher Universitäts-Verlag | GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden 2007
  • Publisher Name DUV
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-8350-0854-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-8350-5431-8
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