Knowledge, power and trust in SME e-based virtual organisations

Kevin Johnston, Jiwei Shi, Zoe Dann, Ian Barclay

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    This article uses e-business-based SME clusters as a model to explore the issues of collaboration in virtual organisations. It discusses the key issues of e-business for SMEs and how they approach working in partnerships and networks. The role of core competence knowledge equivalency across the partnership is assessed and examined. The influences of knowledge, power and trust on virtual organisations are examined both theoretically and via a major case study with 25 SMEs. Lessons for promoting SME virtual organisations are drawn together with specific recommendations for successful e-business-based partnerships.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)42-59
    JournalInternational Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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