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Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 2451–2457 | Cite as

Modeling cooperation links within networks of firms: a case study

  • M. BenaliEmail author
  • P. Burlat
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Abstract

This work attempts to provide a methodology to characterize cooperation links within a network of SME’s. The proposed methodology permits to identify potential ties between firms within a network. It is based on theoretical approach taking in account structural characteristics of firms, such as complementarity of activities and similarity of competencies. Two organizational maps are plotted, a map of potential coordination modes and a map of actual coordination modes. The comparison of the two maps permits to identify some of other parameters influencing cooperation between two firms.

Keywords

SME’s network Co-ordination Cooperation Competence Activity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecole des Mines de Saint-ÉtienneSaint-ÉtienneFrance

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