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Impact of network structure on sustainable competitive performance among Pakistani small and medium enterprises: does government financial support matter?

Khan, Rizwan Ullah, Mehmood, Arshad, Ahmed, Mohammed, Mustafa, Makwan Jamil, Alshamisi, Mohammad Khamis, Iqbal, Qaisar and Salamzadeh, Yashar (2022) Impact of network structure on sustainable competitive performance among Pakistani small and medium enterprises: does government financial support matter? Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research.

Item Type: Article

Abstract

Government support plays a vital role to push the firms to gain sustainable competitive performance and economic development of an economy. Nevertheless, from the last decades, lack of government subsidies and incentives, especially in emerging economies, cuts owners networking roots at international and national level. Therefore, the current study underlines how networking structure (density and centrality) effects on sustainable competitive performance (thereafter SCPs) in Pakistan’s SMEs. In addition, we conducted a mediating effect of government financial support on relation between networking structure and SCP. Hence, small enterprise is a major source of economic development, employment, and value creation. So, we developed hypothesis based on previous studies–related government financial support and network structure. The data was collected through structured questionnaires from top management of SMEs. The hypothesis was tested through Smart Partial Least Squares(PLS).The results indicated that density has a positive and significant effect on sustainable competitive performance, while centrality has an insignificant effect on SCP. Furthermore, government financial support strongly and significantly supports the relation between networking structure and SCP in Pakistan. This research has several recommendations for government to fully support small enterprises because owners have a networking system at national and international level but they have lack of environment.

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Depositing User: Yashar Salamzadeh

Identifiers

Item ID: 15137
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40497-021-00295-w
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/15137
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40497-021-00295-w

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ORCID for Yashar Salamzadeh: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6917-2754

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Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2022 10:01
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2022 10:01

Contributors

Author: Yashar Salamzadeh ORCID iD
Author: Rizwan Ullah Khan
Author: Arshad Mehmood
Author: Mohammed Ahmed
Author: Makwan Jamil Mustafa
Author: Mohammad Khamis Alshamisi
Author: Qaisar Iqbal

University Divisions

Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > School of Business

Subjects

Business and Management > Business
Business and Management > Business and Management
Business and Management

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