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The roles of size and size difference in Australian and Chinese inter-firm collaborations

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Abstract


  • There has been considerable debate on the contribution and significance of firm size to the

    establishment, operation and success of business collaboration. One important source of this

    debate arises from differing definitions of firm size used in previous research. This paper uses

    firm size categories and size differences between collaborating firms to examine their

    contribution to the formation and performance of inter-firm collaboration in Australia and China.

    Both qualitative case study and quantitative data analyses are adopted in this paper.

    Results from both the qualitative case study and quantitative study in Australia and China show

    that size plays a significant positive role in the formation and performance of business

    collaboration. Firms prefer collaborating with larger partners. Bigger firms are more likely to

    achieve success collaborations. However, size difference plays a negative role in business

    collaboration. Collaborating with a bigger partner makes it harder to succeed. On the other hand,

    size and size difference play very different roles in performance and outcomes of business

    collaboration in different countries.

    This paper compares the roles of firm size and size difference in Australian and Chinese

    inter-firm collaboration. The results provide important strategic implications for business

    managers, industry regulators, and policy decision makers regarding international business

    collaboration.

UOW Authors


  •   Zhang, Aimee (external author)
  •   Cheng, Zhiming (external author)
  •   Harvie, Charles

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Zhang, Y., Cheng, Z. & Harvie, C. (2013). The roles of size and size difference in Australian and Chinese inter-firm collaborations. Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 7 (2), 33-48.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1435&context=aabfj

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/aabfj/

Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 33

End Page


  • 48

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • There has been considerable debate on the contribution and significance of firm size to the

    establishment, operation and success of business collaboration. One important source of this

    debate arises from differing definitions of firm size used in previous research. This paper uses

    firm size categories and size differences between collaborating firms to examine their

    contribution to the formation and performance of inter-firm collaboration in Australia and China.

    Both qualitative case study and quantitative data analyses are adopted in this paper.

    Results from both the qualitative case study and quantitative study in Australia and China show

    that size plays a significant positive role in the formation and performance of business

    collaboration. Firms prefer collaborating with larger partners. Bigger firms are more likely to

    achieve success collaborations. However, size difference plays a negative role in business

    collaboration. Collaborating with a bigger partner makes it harder to succeed. On the other hand,

    size and size difference play very different roles in performance and outcomes of business

    collaboration in different countries.

    This paper compares the roles of firm size and size difference in Australian and Chinese

    inter-firm collaboration. The results provide important strategic implications for business

    managers, industry regulators, and policy decision makers regarding international business

    collaboration.

UOW Authors


  •   Zhang, Aimee (external author)
  •   Cheng, Zhiming (external author)
  •   Harvie, Charles

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Zhang, Y., Cheng, Z. & Harvie, C. (2013). The roles of size and size difference in Australian and Chinese inter-firm collaborations. Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 7 (2), 33-48.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1435&context=aabfj

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/aabfj/

Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 33

End Page


  • 48

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 2