The Neighbourly Node
: effects of municipal third party involvement on SME networking

  • Lisa Smedley

    Student thesis: Master, one year


    Networking has shown to benefit SMEs in terms of increasing resource acquisition and knowledge transfer, two vital components in SME growth and survival. However, previous research has indicated that SME network management is largely determined by the strategic orientation of the firm, which in turn, is influenced by the owner/manager. Third party involvement has moreover been suggested to positively influence networking participation by facilitating the overall networking process for SMEs. In the present study, the moderating effect of non-profit, municipal third party involvement, on the relationship between firm growth orientation and network intensity and range, is thus examined.

    Date of Award2014-Jul-14
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorTimurs Umans (Supervisor), Lisa Källström (Supervisor) & Anders Pehrsson (Examiner)

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Business Administration (50202)


    • networking
    • third party involvement
    • manager intent
    • owner intent
    • firm growth orientation
    • sme growth

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