Title

We all stand together: using cluster associations to create worldwide presence for SMEs

Document Type

Article

Publication details

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.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJMDM.2004.005007

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

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.