Top Managers Networking Influence on Competitive Intelligence Practices: the Case of Hi-Tech SMBs

Catherine De La Robertie
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XIX, Issue 4, 158-169, 2016
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/588


This paper aims at studying and measuring the influence of SMEs’ top decision makers’ social capital on competitive intelligence practices. To do so, a literature review of both competitive intelligence and social capital fields led us to construct a conceptual model based on four hypotheses. Methodological details of the test model using a PLS approach are outlined Data from 193 questionnaires filled out by high-tech French SMEs, are analysed through a PLS regression. A re-sampling procedure with the construct level change option and 250 re-samples is run. The results provide support for the four hypotheses and so contribute toward improving efficiency of competitive intelligence practices in four fields.

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