A number of recent studies have suggested that, for small businesses to compete with their larger counterparts in the electronic commerce environment, many are collaborating in a network arrangement. This study examines whether factors such as business size, business age, business sector or market focus are associated with decisions to collaborate in a network or remain outside such arrangements. The study showed that small businesses, with fewer than ten employees, were more likely to be part of a formal network of small businesses. The results also showed that the age of the business, the number of suppliers, the existence of a marketing strategy and the educational level of the CEO were significantly associated with decisions to become part of a formal networking arrangement.
MacGregor, R. (2004), "Factors associated with formal networking in regional small business: some findings from a study of Swedish SMEs", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 60-74. https://doi.org/10.1108/14626000410519100Download as .RIS
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