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The role of networking in the competitiveness profile of Spanish firms

Álvarez González, Isabel and Fonfría Mesa, Antonio and Marín, Raquel (2005) The role of networking in the competitiveness profile of Spanish firms. [Working Paper or Technical Report]

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Abstract

Two main forces coincide nowadays in the characterisation of productive systems. On the one hand, the
internationalisation of markets and economic activities has resulted in an increasing competition worldwide
and a new and more global division of labour. On the other, the greater complexity of technology makes
innovation a key factor in manufacturing firms’ competitiveness. Cooperative network relationships seem to
be important in both processes. This paper aims to explore this aspect in the competitiveness behaviour of
four Spanish manufacturing industries: food, chemicals, electronics and vehicles. Data has been obtained
from a survey conducted specifically for this purpose at the firm level. Findings from the empirical analysis,
based on the application of the Polytomus Logit Universal Model (PLUM), confirm the positive effects of the
ability to network on company performance, particularly, intra-firm cooperation, cooperation between
competitors and user-producer relationships.

Item Type:Working Paper or Technical Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Co-operation, Networking, Innovation, Competitiveness.
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Industrial organization
Social sciences > Economics > Economic cooperation
Social sciences > Economics > Business enterprises
Series Name:Working papers
Volume:UNSPECIFIED
Number:04/05
ID Code:10564
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