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Barriers to co-operation and competitive advantage: cross-border business networks of Saxon and Northern Bohemian firms

  • Birgit Leick
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    Small-scale business co-operation across borders is considered as major driving force of economic integration between Western and Central Eastern Europe. In this context, it is argued that business co-operation and networks support the creation of competitive advantage. This paper sheds new light on this issue by adding a case study of firms in selected East German and Czech border regions. The study focuses on two inter-related research questions: Can firms create competitive advantage in small-scale business co-operation and networks within border regions? And what role is there for the barriers to co-operation that firms encounter? These questions are investigated using a dataset of nearly 60 structured interviews with firms from the cross-border regions.

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    Volume (Year): 16 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 162-184

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2011_02_leick
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