Collaboration Analysis for SME Networks

  • D. Antonelli
  • X. Boucher
  • P. Burlat


This chapter presents two complementary points of view on collaboration analysis, applied to SME networks. The overall objective is to help managers in detecting interesting collaboration opportunities. The analysis is made further more complex because the source of data is by necessity, indirect (it is not possible to ask the enterprises if they actually cooperate or only fake cooperation). Despite the difficulty, many techniques were found to indirectly assess the presence and the amount of collaboration in a network. A first analysis, at a strategic level (based on criteria of competence similarities and activity complementarity) it is complemented by a more operative point of view (analysis of production links among potential partners).


Supply Chain Industrial District Virtual Enterprise Sparkling Wine Mechanical Industry 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



All the authors wrote Sect. 3.1, D. Antonelli wrote Sect. 3.3, X. Boucher and Patrick Bourlat wrote Sect. 3.2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Production Systems and Business EconomicsPolytechnic of TurinTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Ecole Nationale Sup rieure des Mines de St EtienneCedex 2France

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