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Unleashing synergies in strategic networks of SMEs: the influence of partner fit on corporate entrepreneurship
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0656-4419
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8770-8874
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6921-1779
2012 (English)In: International Small Business Journal, ISSN 0266-2426, E-ISSN 1741-2870, Vol. 30, no 5, p. 453-471Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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An increasing number of firms participate in inter-firm networks to improve their innovation, renewal, and venturing; efforts that can be termed ‘corporate entrepreneurship’. This article contributes to the literature by developing and testing explanations for how partner fit (that is, complementary capabilities and organizational compatibilities) influences networking firms’ corporate entrepreneurship. Using survey data on SMEs engaged in strategic networks with multiple partners, we found support for an argument suggesting that partner fit requires mediating variables to unleash the potential synergies of partner fit for corporate entrepreneurship. Specifically, our results suggest partner fit triggers resource leverage through processes of both combining resources and accumulating resources from interaction with network partners. Thus, a positive indirect relationship between partner fit and corporate entrepreneurship is present.

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2012. Vol. 30, no 5, p. 453-471
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-9655DOI: 10.1177/0266242610375292ISI: 000306733400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84864378429Local ID: 85285c23-a4f7-4f8d-8ba8-8d79fd08ab4fOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-9655DiVA, id: diva2:982593
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Validerad; 2012; 20111213 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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