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Networking, Resource Acquisition, and the Performance of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: An Empirical Study of Three Major Cities in China

Author(s): Baoshan Ge | Robert D. Hisrich | Baobao Dong

Journal: Managing Global Transitions
ISSN 1581-6311

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 221;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: resource acquisition | networking | performance | SMEs | entrepreneurship

Previously, resource-based view (RBV) research has focused on the characteristics of resources, paying less attention to the relationship between resource acquisition and the acquisition method. In addition, entrepreneurship research has focused a lot on the firm’s entrepreneurial network to explain performance. This network is critical not only to resource acquisition but also to overall firm performance. The results of a study of small and medium-sized firms in three major Chinese cities support these notions. The results differ when dividing the sample into two groups (young vs. old).
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