This paper examines the potential for cluster associations to act globally on behalf of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) utilising networked internet-based capabilities to trade globally. The slow up-take of such new technology and the problems involved is also becoming of increased interest to policymakers. This paper argues that cluster associations with low power-dependence and decentralised structures are better able to provide the necessary support that networks of SMEs require to utilise the technology.
Rowe, PA, Pickernell, DG, Christie, MJ & Putterill, LG 2004, 'We all stand together: using cluster associations to create worldwide presence for SMEs', International Journal of Management and Decision Making, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 35-46.
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