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Title: Dependence of companies on inter-organisational networks: an analysis beyond the benefits generated

Authors: Leander Luiz Klein; Breno Augusto Diniz Pereira

Addresses: Federal University of Santa Maria – UFSM, Roraima Avenue, nº 1000, Cidade Universitária, Camobi, Santa Maria – RS. 97105-900, Brazil ' Federal University of Santa Maria – UFSM, Roraima Avenue, nº 1000, Cidade Universitária, Camobi, Santa Maria – RS. 97105-900, Brazil

Abstract: The objective of this study is to verify the drivers of company-network dependency relationship and how these are evaluated in different phases of evolution of inter-organisational networks. A qualitative study was carried out through semi-structured interviews conducted with 20 entrepreneurs from ten different networks that were intentionally selected. Resources dependence theory and its assumptions, as well studies about benefits or competitive factors generated by collaborative relations between companies, were used as a base to identify and define the variables of this study. The results demonstrated that the generation of the dependence of the companies happens with the evolution of the networks and with their capacity to generate competitive advantages for them. The empirical evidences showed that the dependence of the companies with the networks is due to several resources generated by them.

Keywords: small companies; dependence; resources; evolution of networks; inter-organisational networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2021.10033125

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 2021 Vol.24 No.1, pp.22 - 39

Received: 24 Jul 2019
Accepted: 14 Jan 2020

Published online: 04 Dec 2020 *

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