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Paper info: Implementing a Relational Capability Framework through an SME Network

Title


Implementing a Relational Capability Framework through an SME Network

Authors


Helen McGrath

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.

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Abstract


The purpose of this article is to report the findings of a study designed to implement six relational capabilities in an SME network. The six dimensions are defined through the application of the Actor-Activity-Resource (AAR) network model. The empirical research entailed an intervention case study approach to action the relational capability components to assess theory fit to practice.Findings suggest that although the SME participants engage in relationship marketing, prior to this study they did not realise the importance of their relationships, manage them or view them in terms of knowledge acquisition. Additionally the participants did not perceive them as a fertile source of opportunity, in terms of processes, adaptation or innovation.