Academic article

Drivers of food SMEs network success: 101 tales from Norway

Olsen, Nina Veflen; Elvekrok, Ingunn; Nilsen , Etty Ragnhild

Publication details

Journal: Trends in Food Science & Technology, vol. 26, p. 120–128, 2012

Publisher: Elsevier

Issue: 2

International Standard Numbers:
Printed: 0924-2244
Electronic: 1879-3053

Open Access: none


The aim of this article is to point out the drivers of success for networks. In spite the fact that networks have received considerable attention, and is perceived as one of the few policy driven activities with some degree of success for enhancing innovation in small and medium sized enterprises, a literature review reveals that there is scarce knowledge about the important success factors of such networks.

The data material in this article is unique and comprehensive, and constitutes a rich basis for a comparative case study of 101 SME networks. Our findings show that the success of a network depends on controllable factors like network design, the content and structure of the organized meetings, and the network management. Additionally, uncontrollable factors such as team spirit, involvement, internal anchoring, and willingness to share knowledge also play a role.