The Establishment of Cooperative Agreements among Smes: An Appropriate Way to Reduce Uncertainty

  • Rafael Lapiedra Alcamí
Part of the Applied Optimization book series (APOP, volume 19)


The conditions of change and complexity that characterise the new environment are forcing companies to adopt more flexible structures that allow a quicker adaptation to the continuous changes. Every company must analyse in detail the different strategic options and choose the one that, according to its particular characteristics, will allow it to tackle the environment with greater success. Nowadays, there are very few companies with enough resources to form its value chain on their own. This is one of the reasons why the creation of collaborative agreements seems to be one of the most interesting alternatives, specially for small and medium sized companies, in order to complement each other deficiencies allowing a better comprehension of the environment through the obtention of more reliable information.


Uncertainty Co-operation Strategic alliance Trust Interorganizational strategy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Lapiedra Alcamí
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  1. 1.Dept. of Business Administration and MarketingUniversity Jaume ICastellónSpain

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