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Information Sharing among Innovative SME: An Exploratory Study within the Portuguese SME Innovation Network

  • Esther LageEmail author
  • Bráulio Alturas
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 18)

Abstract

This paper aims to enhance understanding on inter-organizational information sharing through a study in a Portuguese SME Innovation Network, which is composed of innovative firms from different economical sectors. The type of information shared was identified as well as the channels used, the gains obtained and the factors that influence its occurrence. A qualitative approach was used based on the perception of members and coordination. The motivating role played by the coordination of the network is a point to emphasize regarding the collective sharing of information. Factors related to network structure, national culture, characteristics of the companies and channels used were identified as inhibitors to a greater identification between the companies. Moreover, the factors that influence the information sharing process between the companies and its most important information sharing partners within the network were also identified.

Keywords

Information Sharing Absorptive Capacity Strategic Alliance Innovative Firm Innovation Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (University Institute of Lisbon)LisbonPortugal

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