Networks, learning and embeddedness amongst SME's in the Aberdeen Oil complex.

Daniel F MacKinnon, Keith Chapman, A. Cumbers

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    89 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    Over the last decade or so, networking has become a 'vogue concept' in small business research, connecting with wider debates on learning and regional development. Participation in interfirm networks is seen to provide small firms with access to a broader pool of resources and knowledge, helping them to overcome size-related disadvantages. In particular, the role of such networks as channels for innovation and learning within regions and localities has been emphasized in the context of an apparent shift towards a knowledge-driven economy. In this paper, we provide an empirically-grounded analysis of networking, trust and embeddedness amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Aberdeen oil complex. Drawing upon survey and interview data, it is argued that connections to extra-local networks play a crucial role in providing access to wider sources of information and knowledge. At the same time, an Aberdeen location still matters to oil-related firms because of the access it offers to crucial forms of industry-specific information and expertise. In concurring with recent calls for more empirically-grounded research which seeks to 'test' theoretical propositions against relevant data, we suggest in conclusion that a combination of firm surveys and face-to-face interviews provides an appropriate way forward.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)87-106
    Number of pages19
    JournalEntrepreneurship and Regional Development
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

    Keywords

    • networks
    • embeddedness
    • trust
    • learning
    • SMEs
    • oil industry
    • collective learning-processes
    • local economic-development
    • regional-development
    • knowledge
    • globalization
    • organization
    • innovation
    • culture
    • UK

    Cite this

    Networks, learning and embeddedness amongst SME's in the Aberdeen Oil complex. / MacKinnon, Daniel F; Chapman, Keith; Cumbers, A.

    In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Vol. 16, No. 2, 03.2004, p. 87-106.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    MacKinnon, Daniel F ; Chapman, Keith ; Cumbers, A. / Networks, learning and embeddedness amongst SME's in the Aberdeen Oil complex. In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. 2004 ; Vol. 16, No. 2. pp. 87-106.
    @article{6d009134e54a4282accf9d5b8cac8e1f,
    title = "Networks, learning and embeddedness amongst SME's in the Aberdeen Oil complex.",
    abstract = "Over the last decade or so, networking has become a 'vogue concept' in small business research, connecting with wider debates on learning and regional development. Participation in interfirm networks is seen to provide small firms with access to a broader pool of resources and knowledge, helping them to overcome size-related disadvantages. In particular, the role of such networks as channels for innovation and learning within regions and localities has been emphasized in the context of an apparent shift towards a knowledge-driven economy. In this paper, we provide an empirically-grounded analysis of networking, trust and embeddedness amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Aberdeen oil complex. Drawing upon survey and interview data, it is argued that connections to extra-local networks play a crucial role in providing access to wider sources of information and knowledge. At the same time, an Aberdeen location still matters to oil-related firms because of the access it offers to crucial forms of industry-specific information and expertise. In concurring with recent calls for more empirically-grounded research which seeks to 'test' theoretical propositions against relevant data, we suggest in conclusion that a combination of firm surveys and face-to-face interviews provides an appropriate way forward.",
    keywords = "networks, embeddedness, trust, learning, SMEs, oil industry, collective learning-processes, local economic-development, regional-development, knowledge, globalization, organization, innovation, culture , UK",
    author = "MacKinnon, {Daniel F} and Keith Chapman and A. Cumbers",
    year = "2004",
    month = "3",
    doi = "10.1080/08985620410001677826",
    language = "English",
    volume = "16",
    pages = "87--106",
    journal = "Entrepreneurship and Regional Development",
    issn = "0898-5626",
    publisher = "Routledge",
    number = "2",

    }

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Networks, learning and embeddedness amongst SME's in the Aberdeen Oil complex.

    AU - MacKinnon, Daniel F

    AU - Chapman, Keith

    AU - Cumbers, A.

    PY - 2004/3

    Y1 - 2004/3

    N2 - Over the last decade or so, networking has become a 'vogue concept' in small business research, connecting with wider debates on learning and regional development. Participation in interfirm networks is seen to provide small firms with access to a broader pool of resources and knowledge, helping them to overcome size-related disadvantages. In particular, the role of such networks as channels for innovation and learning within regions and localities has been emphasized in the context of an apparent shift towards a knowledge-driven economy. In this paper, we provide an empirically-grounded analysis of networking, trust and embeddedness amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Aberdeen oil complex. Drawing upon survey and interview data, it is argued that connections to extra-local networks play a crucial role in providing access to wider sources of information and knowledge. At the same time, an Aberdeen location still matters to oil-related firms because of the access it offers to crucial forms of industry-specific information and expertise. In concurring with recent calls for more empirically-grounded research which seeks to 'test' theoretical propositions against relevant data, we suggest in conclusion that a combination of firm surveys and face-to-face interviews provides an appropriate way forward.

    AB - Over the last decade or so, networking has become a 'vogue concept' in small business research, connecting with wider debates on learning and regional development. Participation in interfirm networks is seen to provide small firms with access to a broader pool of resources and knowledge, helping them to overcome size-related disadvantages. In particular, the role of such networks as channels for innovation and learning within regions and localities has been emphasized in the context of an apparent shift towards a knowledge-driven economy. In this paper, we provide an empirically-grounded analysis of networking, trust and embeddedness amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Aberdeen oil complex. Drawing upon survey and interview data, it is argued that connections to extra-local networks play a crucial role in providing access to wider sources of information and knowledge. At the same time, an Aberdeen location still matters to oil-related firms because of the access it offers to crucial forms of industry-specific information and expertise. In concurring with recent calls for more empirically-grounded research which seeks to 'test' theoretical propositions against relevant data, we suggest in conclusion that a combination of firm surveys and face-to-face interviews provides an appropriate way forward.

    KW - networks

    KW - embeddedness

    KW - trust

    KW - learning

    KW - SMEs

    KW - oil industry

    KW - collective learning-processes

    KW - local economic-development

    KW - regional-development

    KW - knowledge

    KW - globalization

    KW - organization

    KW - innovation

    KW - culture

    KW - UK

    U2 - 10.1080/08985620410001677826

    DO - 10.1080/08985620410001677826

    M3 - Article

    VL - 16

    SP - 87

    EP - 106

    JO - Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

    JF - Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

    SN - 0898-5626

    IS - 2

    ER -