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Integrerad nätverkssamverkan – Ett sätt för små och medelstora verkstadsföretag att skapa konkurrensfördelar

Emilsson, Sara and Stenson, Elin (2006) MIO920
Production Management
Abstract
During the latest years there has been a strategic
decisive change when it comes to how the larger
producers regard and treat their subcontractors. This is
partly due to the increasing globalization and the fact
that the economy is becoming more and more
knowledge and networks based. The subcontractors are
facing higher demands from the producers to deliver
system solutions with more complex components and a
larger volume. These new conditions make it
particularly difficult for smaller firms that are lacking
the resources or the competence that are needed to
produce more complete products in large volumes. A
way for the small firms to cope with these challenges
and at the same time have the possibility to focus on
their own... (More)
During the latest years there has been a strategic
decisive change when it comes to how the larger
producers regard and treat their subcontractors. This is
partly due to the increasing globalization and the fact
that the economy is becoming more and more
knowledge and networks based. The subcontractors are
facing higher demands from the producers to deliver
system solutions with more complex components and a
larger volume. These new conditions make it
particularly difficult for smaller firms that are lacking
the resources or the competence that are needed to
produce more complete products in large volumes. A
way for the small firms to cope with these challenges
and at the same time have the possibility to focus on
their own core competences is to form a network with
other firms. Together the firms can offer their customers
solutions that they couldn’t have done by themselves
and by that increase their competitiveness.
Purpose The purpose of this thesis is to describe businesslike cooperation
in networks between small and medium sized
firms in the manufacturing industry to increase the
understanding and knowledge about business relations
in networks.
Method The thesis is based on a descriptive multiple case study
where three networks are studied. The case study is
qualitative where the primary data consists of interviews
and questionnaires. This including internal information
from the networks constitute the empirical material
which together with the theoretical frame are the basis
of the analysis. The theoretical framework is based on
secondary data consisting of literature studies. A
deductive approach is initially used to produce the
results and later on an inductive approach is also
included.
Results The three studied networks are all in the manufacturing
industry but they have different motives and objectives
with the co-operation and co-operate in different
activities. The first network which is a joint-stock
company is an offensive business trading network. It is
a democratic horizontal complementary network which
co-operates in marketing, production, sales and
administration of the networks products. The second
network is an interest association and is a mixture of a
defensive competence developing and a defensive
business trading network and co-operates in marketing,
purchasing and competence developing. The network is
democratic and both horizontal complementary and
competitive. The third network which is an economic
association is an offensive business trading network,
democratic horizontal complementary and co-operates
in product development, marketing, production, sales,
competence development and administration. (Less)
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author
Emilsson, Sara and Stenson, Elin
supervisor
organization
course
MIO920
year
type
M1 - University Diploma
subject
keywords
integrated activities, long-term relationships, competitive advantages, small and medium sized firms, co-operation, Network
other publication id
06/5248
language
Swedish
id
1988470
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  abstract     = {During the latest years there has been a strategic
decisive change when it comes to how the larger
producers regard and treat their subcontractors. This is
partly due to the increasing globalization and the fact
that the economy is becoming more and more
knowledge and networks based. The subcontractors are
facing higher demands from the producers to deliver
system solutions with more complex components and a
larger volume. These new conditions make it
particularly difficult for smaller firms that are lacking
the resources or the competence that are needed to
produce more complete products in large volumes. A
way for the small firms to cope with these challenges
and at the same time have the possibility to focus on
their own core competences is to form a network with
other firms. Together the firms can offer their customers
solutions that they couldn’t have done by themselves
and by that increase their competitiveness.
Purpose The purpose of this thesis is to describe businesslike cooperation
in networks between small and medium sized
firms in the manufacturing industry to increase the
understanding and knowledge about business relations
in networks.
Method The thesis is based on a descriptive multiple case study
where three networks are studied. The case study is
qualitative where the primary data consists of interviews
and questionnaires. This including internal information
from the networks constitute the empirical material
which together with the theoretical frame are the basis
of the analysis. The theoretical framework is based on
secondary data consisting of literature studies. A
deductive approach is initially used to produce the
results and later on an inductive approach is also
included.
Results The three studied networks are all in the manufacturing
industry but they have different motives and objectives
with the co-operation and co-operate in different
activities. The first network which is a joint-stock
company is an offensive business trading network. It is
a democratic horizontal complementary network which
co-operates in marketing, production, sales and
administration of the networks products. The second
network is an interest association and is a mixture of a
defensive competence developing and a defensive
business trading network and co-operates in marketing,
purchasing and competence developing. The network is
democratic and both horizontal complementary and
competitive. The third network which is an economic
association is an offensive business trading network,
democratic horizontal complementary and co-operates
in product development, marketing, production, sales,
competence development and administration.},
  author       = {Emilsson, Sara and Stenson, Elin},
  keyword      = {integrated activities,long-term relationships,competitive advantages,small and medium sized firms,co-operation,Network},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Integrerad nätverkssamverkan – Ett sätt för små och medelstora verkstadsföretag att skapa konkurrensfördelar},
  year         = {2006},
}