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Title: Industrial networks in Slovenia
Author: Turk, Jeffrey David.
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2003
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This thesis draws on work done as part of a joint research project on industrial networks in Hungary and Slovenia, in which I participated in studying the types and depth of cooperation between buyers and suppliers [Dyker et al. 2003]. The theoretical motivation for this study is that industrial ties between firms are socially embedded and that this social embeddedness needs to be considered in order to understand the process by which the economies of the post-socialist countries of Europe are integrating into European production networks. We chose Slovenia as a country that has benefited from a continuity of industrial ties and a familiarity in working with Western European companies dating already from the pre-transition period. The top managers of 47 companies in the engineering industries (NACE 29-35) were interviewed about cooperation with their buyers and suppliers. These industries are extremely important to the economy, especially in terms of exports, and our interviews cover a good fraction of these companies. We investigate the specifics of the business environment of companies in Slovenia, and examine how these specifics affect buyer-supplier relations. The research hypothesis is that the current business environment in place and operating in Slovenia has observable effects on inter-firm relations. Differences in business cultures arise not only because of differences in the tangible legal and economic institutions in place, but also from historically produced common understandings and practices which have become entrenched in the everyday interactions of business people. In testing this hypothesis we focused on companies in the complex manufacturing industries, which would most likely benefit from both upstream and downstream interfirm cooperation, and considered how the operating environment affects the consequent forms of cooperative ties. We find that legacies are at least as important as ownership forms in determining company behaviour
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Management & business studies Management