Inter-organizational relations and SMEs

Trust is considered to be crucial for long-lasting relations between organizations. This is surprising because trust seems sometimes contradictory to economic rationality. However, researches on SMEs show the overlapping of social and economic relations. Strong and direct ties play an important role for small firms and they are based mainly on personal ties. These strong ties are the result of economic cost and profit calculations and social reasonings of trust. Seemingly paradoxical situations may arise.
The research group joins efforts of Montpellier Business School, University of Liechtenstein, University of Klagenfurt, University of Twente, Privatuniversität der Kreativwirtschaft St. Pölten, etc.

Current projects include:
- paradox management
- coopetition
- collective strategies
- trust

Accepted publications (selected):
Gundolf K.,  Jaouen A. & Missonier A. 2012. Une entreprise mature décide d’accompagner une jeune entreprise potentiellement concurrente : Quelles motivations et conditions d’émergence? Revue Sciences de Gestion, 254: 69-79.
Gundolf K.,  Meier O. & Missonier A. 2012. Mergers between size-unequal partners: Strategic risks and hurdles. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 19(2): 281 – 299.
Fink M. & Roessl D. & Gundolf K. 2010. Coopération, confiance et réussite – Considérations théoriques et résultats empiriques. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 23(2): 271-286.
Jaouen A. & Gundolf K. 2009. Strategic alliances between microfirms: specific patterns in the French context. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 15(1): 48-70.
Courrent J.-M. & Gundolf K. 2009. Proximity and micro-Enterprise manager’s ethics: A French empirical study of responsible business attitudes. Journal of Business Ethics, 8(4): 749-762.
Gundolf K., Jaouen A. & Loup S. 2009. Collective entrepreneurship and collective strategies: the case of tourism in France. International Journal of Business and Globalization, 3(1): 4-21.

Members: Katherine Gundolf & Annabelle Jaouen
Contact: Katherine Gundolf