The interaction effects of sparse and interlocked connections in SMEs clusters

Liang, L 2020, The interaction effects of sparse and interlocked connections in SMEs clusters , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

This study aims to exarnine the relationship between the structures of inter- organisation connections and innovation results in the context of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Existing literature shows that SMEs can benefit from inter- organisation connections in SNEs development. However: there is a theoretical gap in how a combination of various structures of inter-organisation connections affects SMEs development results. In other words: the theoretical gap in this area is what structures of inter-firm connections can be more beneficial than the others. Thus, this study adopts the network theory and network analysis to explore the effects of network structures on SMEs performances in their development. To close this gap, network theory is employed to support this study's hypotheses. Then, this study uses network analysis to generate network snapshots and test proposed hypotheses. Complementary to prior research, this study suggests that SMEs development results can benefit from having sparse connections, interlocked connections, centrality, and brokerage in their networks. Also, in contrast to prior research, this study emphasizes the influences of these four inter-firm connection structures, sparse connections, interlocked connections, centrality, and brokerage.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Sorwar, G (Supervisor) and Yazdifar, H (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Funders: Salford Business School
Depositing User: Liang Liang
Date Deposited: 07 May 2020 08:51
Last Modified: 07 May 2020 08:51
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/56898

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