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Business networks SMEs and inter-firm collaboration: a review of the research literature with implications for policy

Blundel, Richard and Smith, David (2001). Business networks SMEs and inter-firm collaboration: a review of the research literature with implications for policy. The Small Business Service, Sheffield.

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This literature review, which was commissioned by the UK's Small Business Service is concerned with business networks, and their importance for the small business community. Business networks are sometimes defined as comprising only inter-firm relationships (e.g. those that exist between component supplier and a manufacturer). However, it soon becomes apparent that a broader perspective is required, if research findings are to contribute meaningful insights for policy and practice. We have therefore incorporated research evidence on personal networks, notably those associated with entrepreneurship, and on links between firms and supporting institutions, such as trade associations, government agencies and universities.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2001 Richard Blundel and David Smith
Project Funding Details:
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Extra Information: The Small Business Service is now discontinued and has been replaced by a successor body.
Keywords: business networks; industrial districts; clusters; economic development; small and medium-sized enterprises; enterprise development; entrepreneurship
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 45304
Depositing User: Richard Blundel
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 11:09
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:47
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