Conditions for Effective Collaboration in SME Networks Based on Graph Model

Abstract : Collaboration represents an increasing tendency among Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), since the possibility of being a cooperative partner of a network allows the achievement of development strategies, either to improve production processes or to increase competitiveness. The objective of the paper is to propose and apply a new methodology to model manufacturing SME networks in terms of graph matrices, in order to identify some conditions that can foster an effective collaboration among partners of a SME network. A classification of SME networks in four typologies named “Marshallian Network”, “Supply chain network”, “Hub and Spoke network” and “Scientific Park” will be introduced. For each typology a graph-based model will be used to find out limits and critical points that can hinder the SME collaboration, or focal points for the interaction reinforcing.
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Dario Antonelli, Giulia Bruno, Teresa Taurino, Agostino Villa. Conditions for Effective Collaboration in SME Networks Based on Graph Model. 14th Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, (PROVE), Sep 2013, Dresden, Germany. pp.129-136, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-40543-3_14⟩. ⟨hal-01463201⟩

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