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We all stand together: using cluster associations to create worldwide presence for SMEs
by Patricia A. Rowe, David Pickernell, Michael J. Christie, Laura G. Putterill
International Journal of Management and Decision Making (IJMDM), Vol. 5, No. 1, 2004


Abstract: This paper examines the potential for cluster associations to act globally on behalf of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) utilising networked internet-based capabilities to trade globally. The slow up-take of such new technology and the problems involved is also becoming of increased interest to policymakers. This paper argues that cluster associations with low power-dependence and decentralised structures are better able to provide the necessary support that networks of SMEs require to utilise the technology.


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