Interorganizational operations in value chains: Experiences from networked software firms

Harri Kulmala (Corresponding Author), Ari Vahteristo, Erkki Uusi-Rauva

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The aim of the paper is to describe interorganizational operations in the value chains and experiences of networking. The research approach is empirical and descriptive. Data was gathered by a mail survey from Finnish software producers. The results of this study indicate that networked firms had conducted 64% of defined interorganizational operations, while the percentage for non-networked firms was 26%. The networked firms had set mainly marketing and resource–use related objectives for networking. Lack of marketing resources was the most important reason for firms to join a network. The experiences from networking reflected mainly positive attitude towards inter-organizational cooperation. Furthermore, the networked firms in this study were larger than the non-networked firms, measured by business volume.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-387
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • networking
  • interorganizationality
  • descriptive survey
  • software industry


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