Small- A nd medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the economic growth of a country and of a sector. They seek to be incorporated into permanent productivity and competitiveness dynamics through a cooperation strategy. This article evaluated the application of management practices to horizontal SMEs networks of the dairy sector in Ecuador by following the constructivist methodology. The literature review and exploratory research indicated an understanding of cooperative work in the networks or Milk Collection Centers (MCCs) and identified the need to evaluate performance when applying management practices as an unavoidable element to enhance their operation and development. The construction phase took as reference a model for the evaluation of management practices in cooperation networks and contextualized it to the Ecuadorian environment. In the evaluation phase, three networks were evaluated, from which results and conclusions were obtained. The developed model identified six criteria with which the evaluations of MCCs were made, whose analysis allowed their performance level to be quantified and a proposal of some specific improvement opportunities for this sector and a group of SMEs.
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The study was supported by the following public and private entities: Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAGAP), Decentralized Autonomous Government of the Pedro Moncayo Canton, Cooperation for Training Foundation and Technical Assistance in Organic Agriculture (COAGRO), and two universities in the country.
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- Cooperation networks
- Management practices
- Performance measurement