from the department
|Funding||Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius Stiftelse, Tore Browaldhs Stiftelse|
|Project time||2006 -|
One critical issue in business activities of small firms is the impact of political organizations. This project focuses on how small firms manage their relationships with political units within the EU. Previous studies have shown that small firms have been obliged to follow the coercive political decisions of the EU’s political units. However, there are indications of some radical changes in the relations between small firms and EU political units. One change concerns the development of special alliances of small firms to influence the EU, and the other is the emphasis of EU to support small firms. Within the same track as institutional theory and corporate governance, this study employs a business network perspective as it proposes that this interaction requires an understanding of the small firms’ relationships with other non-business organizations and business firms. The project is based in Sweden and among Swedish business firms. The research method is a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches, covering more than 100 firms.