Title: Strategic factors of network organisations and their influence on inter-organisational learning

Authors: Abimael Magno Do Ouro Filho; Maria Elena Leon Olave; Ikaro Daniel De Carvalho Barreto

Addresses: Departamento de Secretariado Executivo – DSE, Universidade Federal de Sergipe – UFS, Aracaju, Brazil ' Departamento de Administração – DAD, Universidade Federal de Sergipe – UFS, Aracaju, Brazil ' Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biometria e Estatística Aplicada – PPGBEA, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco – UFRPE, Recife, Brazil

Abstract: The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of strategic factors on inter-organisational learning in a local productive arrangement (LPA) network. Specifically, the apparel LPA located in the city of Santa Cruz do Capibaribe, Pernambuco-Brazil was studied, mainly composed of micro and small enterprises (MSEs). For this, the quantitative survey method was used, with a sample of 301 respondents, analysed through the modelling of structural equations of the PLS type. The results demonstrate a second-order model, due to the complexity of inter-organisational learning, with measurement and structural validation. This model shows inter-organisational learning in this type of network being influenced only by the trust factor and the spatial proximity existing between the participating MSEs.

Keywords: inter-organisational learning; Inlearning; inter-firm learning; network; clusters; industrial districts; local productive arrangement; LPA; micro and small business; SEM; second-order model; higher-order model.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2021.113672

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2021 Vol.18 No.1, pp.69 - 92

Received: 14 Jan 2020
Accepted: 08 Jul 2020

Published online: 09 Mar 2021 *

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