Benefits of membership in a business networking group

Lake, Peter and Erwee, Ronel (2005) Benefits of membership in a business networking group. In: ANZAM 2005: Engaging the Multiple Contexts of Management Convergence and Divergence of Management Theory and Practice, 7-10 Dec 2005, Canberra, Australia.

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Abstract

The aims of the study were to explore the perceptions of members of a regional business network about the benefits of networking and the importance of such benefits. Furthermore it explores to what extent these benefits are realised within the regional network and what additional competencies members develop as part of the network. The one case at the regional level is made up of fourteen embedded cases. Twenty four interviews were conducted among different categories of members in the HunterNet network. Respondents confirmed that intangible benefits such as a sense of community and legitimacy, accessing knowledge, information and learning were important. Members of the Hunternet business network believed that these benefits can be realised in the regional industrial cluster and developed an appreciation of the competencies of other members. The table of the benefits of networking can be used as a discussion tool for learning within such networks.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 'Individual authors retain copyright on individual papers.'
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:30
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: networking benefits; small enterprises; medium enterprises; business network
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150304 Entrepreneurship
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/876

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