The Age of the Network
"Small business in Europe is doing business differently. Instead of starting small and growing big, small businesses employ a different strategy. They form networks and together produce results far beyond the abilities of any single company. . . .
"For all practical purposes, companies in these 'flexible business networks' are in business together. But instead of merging, they remain independent with their own financials, employees, and areas of expertise. . . . Together these networks generate higher profits for all by gaining access to larger markets; benefiting from economies of scale; and competing with the best of the big companies."
-- From The TeamNet Factor, by Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps (Oliver Wight, 1993)* * *