Trust - Networking - Innovation

Tóth, József (2013) Trust - Networking - Innovation. In: Proceedings of the 7th International Management Conference - New management for the new economy. Editura ASE, Bucharest, pp. 510-519. .

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From innovation point of view the agri-food industry is seen as matured branch of the economy, where revolutionary new products and processes are very rare. Especially the SMEs are in squeezing situation: they have to fit very sharp prerequisites and demands on one side and very much constrained resources to give them power in order to formulate appropriate answers on the other side. They are looking for partners beyond the boundaries of their organization, mainly with other firms, universities, research organisations and government agencies. Adopting an effective innovation process to successfully introduce and develop new products to the market has become one of the most important strategies for food companies. The innovation dimension of networking activity contributes to growing network complexity, which in turn also affects the nature of traditional governance structure. Trust and other relational factors are playing an increasing role in these structures. Our research interest is whether the trust as coordination form of governance structure plays significant role in the Hungarian agri-food industry. Empirical data was drawn from a survey carried out in Central Hungary and aiming at the research of cooperation and knowledge management within the SMEs of the food economy. Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) is applied in order to determine the relationship among the three (Trust, Networking, Innovation) latent factors. We have found that trust plays significant positive role in increasing networking activity and innovation, but the extent of it is less than expected.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:agri-food SME, innovation, networking, trust, SEM, JEL: D03, D22, D23, C38
Divisions:Faculty of Business Administration > Institute for Environmental Science > Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
Subjects:Knowledge economy, innovation
ID Code:1489
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:10 Mar 2014 14:37
Last Modified:11 Mar 2014 08:43

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