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THE PORTUGUESE TEXTILE INDUSTRY BUSINESS CO-OPERATION: INFORMAL RELATIONSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL ENTRY
Authors:
Vitor Braga, Ana Cristina Gonçalves, Alexandra Braga
Abstract:
This article discusses the process of cooperation for internationalisation; with special focus on the informal inter-firm cooperation relationships in order to identify how such relationships contribute to the process of internationalization and their permanence in the market.A study with textile SMEs was conducted, providing evidence of the importance of the firms’ structural features and, mostly, trust relationships for developing collaborative relationships allowing the exchange of knowledge related to technology, the market and products, as much as on, generally, business management.Data was collected through the administration of surveys to textile production SMEs.Although our results show the existence of inter-organizational informal cooperation mechanisms, the low number of answers by itself is an important result - firms are reluctant with regard to cooperation with scientific research. Although this is a limitation to the data analysis, on the other hand it is an interesting finding, as it demonstrates SMEs willingness to collaborate with higher education institutions.
Keywords:
Informal cooperation, Internationalization, International Entrepreneurship, Business Networks, Textile industry, Portugal
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