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Examining relational and resource influences on the performance of border region SMEs

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  • Francis, John
  • Mukherji, Ananda
  • Mukherji, Jyotsna
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    At the U.S.-Mexico border, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are embedded in dual natured institutional and cultural contexts that share common functional and morphological characteristics. In this context firms are challenged by moving from one organizing template to another as embedded network influences constrain and enhance strategic outcomes. We develop and test a model of the impact of embeddedness components including social capital, personal relations and economic interaction on firm outcomes. Our results indicate that these components combine to influence the development of valuable resources and firm adaptation. We find that resources and adaptation significantly relate to SME performance.

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    Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (August)
    Pages: 331-343

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    Keywords: Embeddedness Emerging markets Resources;

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