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Networks Among Irish Information Communications and Technologies (ICT) Firms

Ann M. Torres (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Martin A. Whyte (Dublin City University)

Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1471-5201

Article publication date: 1 July 2004



This paper explores how Irish information, communication, and technologies (ICT) firms use networks to achieve objectives and commercialise technology. The research availed of Heracleous and Murray’s (2001) taxonomy of networks, based on the dimensions of interdependence and durability was used to classify and provide insight into the nature of networks. The benefits accruing from network participation are reputational benefits by association, learning and informational advantages, as well as shared resources. The research surveys members of the Information Technology Association of Galway (ITAG), an ICT network in Galway, Ireland. The findings indicate ITAG members participate in various networks simultaneously and there are different motivations and drawbacks associated with each network type. The preference is for short‐term collaborative forms, which provide immediate returns.



Torres, A.M. and Whyte, M.A. (2004), "Networks Among Irish Information Communications and Technologies (ICT) Firms", Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 52-63.



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