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Firm networks: external relationships as sources for the growth and competitiveness of entrepreneurial firms

Lechner, Christian ; Dowling, Michael


Inter-firm networks, as an inter-organizational form, are increasingly perceived as a model for entrepreneurial firm growth. We study egocentric networks of high-growth entrepreneurial firms in the IT industry and explore how these firms grow through the use of external relations and become competitive. Based on case study research, we identify that firms are using relations for a variety of ...


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