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Title A road map to the development of European SME networks : towards collaborative innovation / Agostino Villa, Dario Antonelli, editors.
Imprint London : Springer, 2009.

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Subject Business networks -- European Union countries.
Government aid to small business -- European Union countries.
Alt Name Villa, A. (Agostino), 1949-
Antonelli, Dario, 1966-
Description 1 online resource (xii, 189 pages) : illustrations, maps
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Analyzing Collaborative Demand and Supply Networks in a Global Economy -- A View of SME Clusters and Networks in Europe -- Promoting the Aggregation of SMEs: Suggestions and Actions -- The CODESNET Approach to SME Networks Analysis -- The CODESNET Website: A Portal Supporting SME Network Innovation.
Summary A significant development in Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) can no longer be postponed in the European industrial world. Although this need has been recognized for several years, recent recommendations from the European Commission have recalled the urgency of promoting new and more robust SME organizations, owing to two critical factors: the rise of enormous global markets and the emergence of a new industrial system originating from the distinctly different business culture of the Far East. Globalization forces enterprises to maintain a recognizable impact on markets in both the Old and New Worlds, but this requires efforts sustainable only by either large enterprises or agglomerations of SMEs. On the other hand, the industrial systems of the Far East enjoy a competitive advantage based on very low wages, which can be only be counteracted by the use of newer and newer technologies, requiring investments too heavy for SMEs. These two issues caused crises in many industrial sectors across Europe and USA. A Road Map to the Development of European SME Networks analyzes the causes of the crises and their effect on a number of different European countries. The analysis shows that the commonly adopted solution has been the integration of several SMEs in networked organizations that guarantee both efficiency in internal trading and contractual strength in dealings with the "outside world". Yet the majority of these networks suffer from a lack of effective coordination: a method for describing the different levels of governance in a network, and for comparing them with known best practices, would be essential to fully exploit the potential performance of the network. The book addresses this issue by describing a conceptual model of the network organization, and by using it for performance evaluation aims and for identifying strong and weak points in the network.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781848003422
1848003412 (Cloth)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-1-84800-342-2
OCLC # 310353062
Additional Format Print version: Road map to the development of European SME networks. London : Springer, 2009 1848003412 9781848003415 (OCoLC)233788825