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The Competitiveness of Firm Networks


Christian Lechner

Benetton, Sun Microsystems and IKEA, successful companies from different industries have common characteristics: These entrepreneurial firms are organized as firm networks and they have been successful despite their lack of resources. To understand their model, inter-organizational activities are the key.
Christian Lechner analyzes how inter-firm networks can be a model for competitive advantage. «Competitiveness of Firm Networks» is about a theory of competitive advantage, a theory about the firm and a theory about networks. It explores relevant theories, formulates workable definitions, develops a framework for a strategic network management theory and refines this theory by own original research in the biotechnology and information technology industries.
This book – winner of the Lindner price for entrepreneurship research – is written for academics and managers interested in strategic management and entrepreneurship.
Contents: About Strategy and Networks – What is Strategy? – The Competitiveness of Firms – The Emergence of Networks – Relevant Theoretical Concepts for Networks – Networks and Entrepreneurship – Regional Networks – A Framework for a Strategic Network Management Theory – The Resource Based View of Networks – The Emergence of a Strategic Center – The Competitiveness of Firm Networks.