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Development of small and medium-sized enterprise horizontal innovation networks: UK agri-food sector study

McAdam, Maura, McAdam, Rodney, Dunn, Adele and McCall, Clare (2014) Development of small and medium-sized enterprise horizontal innovation networks: UK agri-food sector study. International Small Business Journal, 32 (7). pp. 830-853. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/0266242613476079

Abstract

Within the management literature, there is an emergent discourse on horizontal collaboration among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), whereby individual rivalries are overcome by the need for more resources and innovation, leading to increased competitiveness through joint product development. In particular, a number of these horizontal collaborations between SMEs have occurred within the agri-food sector. As a consequence, this article aims to explore the longitudinal development of horizontal innovation networks within an artisan bakers’ network as part of the UK SME agri-food sector. An interpretivist research approach was used, whereby the development and evolution of an artisan bakers’ horizontal network was studied over a 27-month period. The findings, as summarised in conceptual models which draw upon knowledge-based open innovation and social network constructs, illustrate that a complex three-stage life cycle development occurred within the bakers’ horizontal network.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:SME; innovation networks; agri food
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Ulster Business School > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:35589
Deposited By: Professor Rodney McAdam
Deposited On:06 Sep 2016 08:15
Last Modified:06 Sep 2016 08:15

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