Title: Risk in collaborative networks: relationships analysis

Authors: Mohammad Alawamleh; Keith Popplewell

Addresses: Engineering Manufacture and Management, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK. ' Engineering Manufacture and Management, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to work towards a comprehensive study of the risk in collaborative network. The environment within which SMEs have to function in the 21st century is one that is increasingly competitive and dynamic and therefore, simply to cope in such a situation, SMEs have to seek methods to employ. Collaboration is necessary in order for enterprises to compete and to operate with speed and flexibility. However, there is some risk due to this relationship. In order that the challenges can be met successfully, it is important that enterprises should be helped to both recognise the risks and then surmount them.

Keywords: collaborative networks; risk assessment; collaboration; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; case study; communication; trust; information sharing; commitment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSOM.2012.047952

International Journal of Services and Operations Management, 2012 Vol.12 No.4, pp.431 - 446

Available online: 15 Jul 2012 *

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