An Evaluation of Inter-company Networks for New Product Development

  • A. Filson
  • A. Lewis
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Abstract

Networking is the process by which small to medium enterprises (SMEs) work in close collaboration in order to offer products or services to compete with larger organisations. However, research has demonstrated that, through the wide range of terms used, it is difficult to find a common definition of the many forms of organisation of labour and the many different structures that exist in the often lightly used term ‘network’. To further compound the issue this term is easily confused with concepts of industrial districts, co-operations, strategic alliances and collaborations (Pannicia, 1998). So much so, that some researchers would not consider differentiating between these different functional forms (Seremetis, 1994).

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Europe Marketing 

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