Sozialkapital als Basis für das Lobbying von KMU

Dietmar Rößl, Daniela Weismeier-Sammer, Richard Lang

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


Besides adapting to the environment the enterprise can try to influence the environment, thus enhancing the compatibility of the environment with the strength-weakness profile of the company. This paper explores the question how SMEs are able to influence their regulatory environment through lobbying activities. Firstly, lobbying activities are discussed from the view of the resource-dependence approach and specific forms of lobbying are shown. Secondly, theses concerning the necessary factors for effective lobbying activities are derived. Besides financial means social capital is hypothesized as a major factor enabling a company to engage in lobbying. Thirdly, it is shown that the lobbying capabilities of SMEs – especially on a local or a regional level – are based on their social capital. Thus, social capital can compensate for the restricted financial leeway of SMEs. Read More:
Original languageGerman (Austria)
Pages (from-to)141 - 156
JournalZfKE: Zeitschrift für KMU und Entrepreneurship
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502052 Business administration
  • 502019 Marketing
  • 502044 Business management

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