International SME Co-Creation, Knowledge Enhancement and New Product Development: How Do They Matter for Performance?

Maria-Cristina Stoian, Pavlos Dimitratos, Maria Emmanouela Plakoyiannaki

This study investigates the influence of value co-creation with international strategic networks on international performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) accounting for knowledge enhancement and new product development. We further examine the moderating role of e-business
adoption. We draw on network theory and value co-creation literature streams to substantiate our arguments. A dataset of UK-based SMEs serves to test our assumptions. Findings mainly show that knowledge enhancement and new product/service development act as mediators. Also, value co-creation
beyond firm boundaries enables bricks-and-mortar to experience benefits in the long-term, while ebusiness adopters can additionally capitalize on short-term ongoing improvements.

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University of Leeds
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Peer reviewed
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
502016 SME-research, 502054 Entrepreneurship
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