Elodie Gardet is assistant professor of strategic management in the Department of Management (IREGE) at the University of Savoie.
Coordination Modes Established by the Hub Firm of an Innovation Network: The Case of an SME Bearer
Article first published online: 16 MAR 2012
© 2012 International Council for Small Business
Journal of Small Business Management
Special Issue: Small Business and Networked Innovation: Organizational and Managerial Challenges
Volume 50, Issue 2, pages 216–238, April 2012
How to Cite
Gardet, E. and Fraiha, S. (2012), Coordination Modes Established by the Hub Firm of an Innovation Network: The Case of an SME Bearer. Journal of Small Business Management, 50: 216–238. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-627X.2012.00351.x
Shady Fraiha is assistant professor of MIS at Hariri Canadian University, College of Business Administration, Lebanon.
- Issue published online: 16 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 16 MAR 2012
This paper explores coordination modes used by a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) project bearer in a network. Using a longitudinal in-depth case study approach, we analyze data from interviews, observation, and other sources to discover how the coordination modes change and the drivers behind these changes. Results show that coordination modes change with the advancement phase of the project. Moreover, the hub firm's choice of a particular coordination mode is affected by the degree of its dependency on the network members. These results have important practical and theoretical implications for SMEs, especially that coordination modes can be formulated to fit a given situation.