DOLFSMA, W. and VAN der EIJK, R., 2016. Network position and firm performance – The mediating role of innovation. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2016.1216095
Analyzing a unique, domain-similar database including all horticulturalists in a major flower producing country, this paper shows that a firm’s central position in a network significantly improves its financial performance. The effect of strategic positioning in a network is in large part mediated through its enhanced innovativeness. Strategically positioning in a network of firms contributes more to firm performance, both directly as well as indirectly, than other strategic options a firm has available, such as seeking scale, seeking to diversify, pursuing cost advantages, or locating in a cluster.
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