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The Competitiveness of Firm Networks


Regensburger Beiträge zur betriebswirtschaftlichen Forschung Band 28

Christian Lechner

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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.

The Author: Christian Lechner, Professor for Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse (Toulouse Business School). Born in 1966 in Munich. Studies of Business Administration in Munich (Dipl.-Kfm.), Italy, USA (MBA from the University of Georgia), Ph.D. student and assistant of Prof. Dr. Michael Dowling, Chair for Management of Innovation and Technology at the University of Regensburg; Ph.D. from the University of Regensburg in 2000. Research interest: Growth strategies, inter-firm networks, clusters, alliances and entrepreneurial strategies.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 418
Erscheinungsdatum 12.04.2001
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-3-631-37210-4
Verlag Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Maße (L/B/H) 21.1/14.9/2.5 cm
Gewicht 579 g


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  • 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.