The role of networks in small and medium-sized enterprise innovation and firm performance

Gronum, Sarel, Verreynne, Martie-Louise and Kastelle, Tim (2012) The role of networks in small and medium-sized enterprise innovation and firm performance. Journal of Small Business Management, 50 2: 257-282. doi:10.1111/j.1540-627X.2012.00353.x


Author Gronum, Sarel
Verreynne, Martie-Louise
Kastelle, Tim
Title The role of networks in small and medium-sized enterprise innovation and firm performance
Journal name Journal of Small Business Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-2778
1540-627X
Publication date 2012-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1540-627X.2012.00353.x
Volume 50
Issue 2
Start page 257
End page 282
Total pages 6
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The objective of this paper is to understand the contribution of networks to innovation and firm performance in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Based on longitudinal data from 1,435 SMEs, we show that strong, heterogeneous ties improve innovation in SMEs. However, the connections between network ties and firm performance are more complex than previously thought, as the positive association is mediated by innovation. Consequently, SMEs should only concentrate on cultivating and maintaining networks if they lead directly to improvements in innovation.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Small Business and Networked Innovation: Organizational and Managerial Challenges

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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