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Towards symbiotic relationship;small & large firms’ collaborations: A multiple-case study of Swedishyoung knowledge-based SMEsand their collaborative relationshipwith large corporations
Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The term ‘symbiosis’ generally refers to the association and collaboration of different organisms whichare involved in mutualistic relationship with recognized selective advantages. Previous studies suggested‘Symbiotic business networks’ as a promising way for SMEs to increase their global competitiveness,by forming collaborative relationship and integrating into the value chains of larger companies. Thepurpose of this study is to lessen the research gap in the SME-MNC relationship by contributing tothis new paradigm in the literature. An abductive multiple-case study research using Swedish datawas designed to understand challenges of knowledge intensive SMEs in conducting relationship withMNCs from a process-based perspective. Findings show that as SMEs initiate and continue theircollaboration with MNCs, the prospects of having a relationship based on mutual benefits becomemore and more clear for the both sides and as a result, the relationship can be potentially extendedfurther. However, among many other concerns, finding the right person, trust building andorganizational intimacy and altruistic behavior were found to be the most influential factors in therealization of symbiotic relationship between small and large companies. An incremental model ofSMEs’ conduction of relationship with MNCs was also introduced as a conceptual model for smalland large firms’ symbiotic engagement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 68 p.
, Graduate Business School (HANDELSHÖGSKOLAN) Master Degree, 2009:15
Keyword [en]
Symbiosis, Symbiotic, Symbiotic Business Networks, Symbiotic Relationship, SME-MNC relationship, Small & Large firms’ collaborations
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-86781OAI: diva2:582240
Subject / course
Master Thesis in Business Administration (Magisteruppsats i Företagsekonomi)
2009-05-29, Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, 00:48
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-01-14 Created: 2013-01-04 Last updated: 2013-02-19Bibliographically approved

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