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The research note reports on an exploratory study of the regional pattern in two initiatives of the European Union on transnational inter-firm co-operation between small-and medium-sized enterprises. The data on the larger member states for 1993 are analysed in a qualitative way, illustrating the value of these unique data for research on the internationalisation of small business and interregional co-operation. Part I establishes the spatial pattern of participation; member states are revealed to differ in their territorial coverage and activity rate of network members. The observed importance of a single member for a region's participation suggests the influence of organisational factors. A balance of regions that are central or peripheral relative to the central European triangle was found. These results are supported by the findings of part II, which considers the opportunities for technological co-operation available. An important institutional determinant is suggested to reside in a region's technology networking. The co-operation opportunities have been found to contain a large surplus of offers over requests for technology.

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Authors: HEINEMEIER T, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16300 EN (1995) 49 pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from Joint Research Centre, Public Relations and Publications Unit, I-21020 Ispra (Va.) (IT)
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